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2010 Western Conference Playoff Seeds

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
With two days of games still remaining in the 2009-10 regular season, all eight playoff participants have clinched spots in the Western Conference, however seeding among the eight has yet to be decided.

Click here for: Tie Breaker Scenarios | Upcoming Games of Influence

Chicago, San Jose, and Vancouver have all clinched Division Titles and the No. 1-3 seeds. Vancouver is locked in to the No. 3 seed, but Chicago and San Jose are still battling for the top spot in the Conference. Meanwhile, Phoenix has secured home ice advantage with the Conference's No. 4 seed. Colorado is locked into the No. 8 seed, but the No. 5-7 seeds are still to be determined.

With one game remaining on its schedule, Nashville can finish no better than the No. 5 seed and no worse than the No. 7 seed.

Team Points
#1 Chicago 111 (52) 1 113
#2 San Jose 111 (50) 1 113
#3 Vancouver 103 (49) 0 103
#4 Phoenix 106 (50) 1 108
#5 Detroit 100 (43) 1 102
100 (47)
#7 Los Angeles 99 (45) 1 101
#8 Colorado 94 (43) 1 96

Preds Magic Numbers:
vs. Detroit -- Nashville needs 2 points; a Detroit regulation loss vs. Detroit to clinch a higher seed than the Red Wings.
vs. Los Angeles -- Nashville needs 1 point; a Los Angeles loss (either regulation or OT/Shootout) vs. Colorado to clinch a higher seed.

NHL Tie Breakers
If two teams are tied at the end of the regular season, the NHL tie-breaker system goes as follows:
1) Greater number of games won during the entire season
2) Greater number points earned in the season series between the tied clubs
3) The greater differential between goals for and goals against for the entire regular season.

Nashville Tie Breaker Scenarios
vs. Detroit - Nashville owns the tie breaker vs. Detroit; Nashville won tie breaker #1 Wins (46 to 43 -- Detroit has 1 games remaining).
vs. Los Angeles - Nashville owns the tie breaker vs. Los Angeles; Nashville leads tie breaker #1 Wins (46 to 45), Nashville won tie breaker #2 Season Series (6pts to 2pts).
vs. Colorado - Nashville owns the tie breaker vs. Colorado; Nashville leads tie breaker #1 Wins (46 to 43 -- Colorado has 1 game remaining), Nashville won tie breaker #2 Season Series (6pts to 3pts).

Games That Can Still Impact Seeding
Thursday, April 8
Phoenix d. Los Angeles, 3-2 SO ... LA moves into No. 5 seed with OT point
San Jose d. Vancouver, 4-2 ... San Jose re-claims the No. 1 seed in Western Conference

Friday, April 9
Detroit d Columbus, 1-0 SO ... Detroit moves into No. 5 seed
Chicago d. Colorado, 5-2 ... Chicago moves into first place tie Western Conferece

Saturday, April 10
Nashville d. St. Louis, 2-1 SO ... Preds move into No. 6 seed; can still finish anywhere between Nos. 5-7
Edmonton d. Los Angeles, 4-3 SO
Phoenix @ San Jose ... San Jose can move into No. 1 seed with a win or OT point; Chicago can clinch No. 1 seed with a San Jose regulation loss

Sunday, April 11
Detroit @ Chicago
Los Angeles @ Colorado
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