We've entered the final 15 games of the season for all teams in the Western Conference playoff race and four points seperates fourth place -- and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- from 10th place -- and out of the playoffs. The races for the final playoff slots seem destined to remain tight through end of the '10-11 regular season.
We're tracking all teams within five points of the Preds in the conference standings heading into this Monday's games.
|Team ||Points* ||Adjusted Wins^ ||Games Remaining* ||Max Pts** ||This Week's Schedule |
|#4 ||Los Angeles ||83 ||32 ||13 (8H/5A) ||109 ||Tue at NSH, Thu vs. STL |
|#5 ||Phoenix ||83 ||32 ||12 (7H/5A) ||107 ||Tue at CGY, Thu at EDM, Fri at VAN |
|#6 ||Dallas ||82 ||32 ||13 (6H/7A) ||108 ||Tue vs. SJ, Thu vs. CHI |
|#7 ||Chicago ||82 ||32 ||13 (6H/7A) ||108 ||Mon vs. SJ, Thu at DAL |
|#8 ||Calgary ||81 ||29 ||11 (5H/6A) ||103 ||Tue vs. PHX, Thu vs. COL |
|#9 ||Nashville ||80 ||29 ||13 (101H/3A) ||106 ||Tue vs. LA, Thu vs. BOS |
|#10 ||Anaheim ||79 ||33 ||13 (6H/7A) ||105 ||Wed vs. STL |
|#11 ||Minnesota ||77 ||33 ||13 (7H/6A) ||103 ||Mon at VAN, Thu at SJ |
* as of all games played on Sun, March 13 ^ the first tie-breaker is regulation/OT wins (excluding shootout wins) Noteable:
** the most points a team can finish with in the '10-11 regular season (based on games played as of Sun, March 13)
Pay attention on Tuesday and Thursday this week -- 7 of the 8 teams along the Conference playoff bubble are in action Thursday (the lone exception is Anaheim which plays on Wednesday) and 5 of the 8 are in action on Tuesday ... There is just one out-of-conference match-ups in this week's mix with Nashville hosting Boston on Thursday ... There are three head-to-head match-ups involving teams in the playoff pack: Los Angeles at Nashville on Tuesday, Phoenix at Calgary on Tuesday, and Chicago at Dallas on Thursday ... Two teams in the watch will participate in back-to-back contests during the mid-week: Chicago closes out a back-to-back set on Monday night (home for San Jose after playing at Washington on Sunday); Phoenix plays at Edmonton on Thursday and at Vancouver on Friday.The Week That Was:
The last week turned out to be a solid one for the Preds; at 2-0-1 on the week, of the non-division leaders in the Conference playoff bunch, only Los Angeles (3-0-1) had a more productive week. Phoenix also went 2-0-1. Dallas earned five points on the week, but did so in one more game (2-1-1), burning the game at hand it had on the Preds. Anaheim posted a 2-2-0, while Calgary (1-2-0), Chicago (0-1-2), and Minnesota (1-2-0) each earned just two points on the week.Looking For Help From the Top:
Western Conference division leaders play five games against teams in the playoff pack during the mid-week. San Jose opens the week with a back-to-back at Chicago (Monday) and at Dallas (Tuesday), before hosting Minnesota (Thursday). Vancouver hosts Minnesota (Monday) and Phoenix (Friday).