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Western Conference Notebook (Dec. 1)

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
The Western Conference has continued its dominance over the Eastern Conference in head-to-head match-ups this season. Since Thanksgiving Day, the West has posted a 6-1-0 record vs. the East to improve to 55-29-10 in inter-conference play this season (.638 points percentage) … The Northwest Division has taken advantage of inter-conference play more than any other division in the NHL, with Northwest Division teams posting a combined 20-7-3 record (.717 points percentage) against Eastern Conference teams, but just a 25-25-0 record (.500 points percentage) against the other divisions in the Western Conference (Central and Pacific Divisions).

Western Conference All-Star Voting Update: Top 3 Forwards –Hossa - DET (207,026), Pavel Datsyuk – DET (200,359), Zetterberg – DET (195,098) … Next: Iginla – CGY (191,4546) and Kane – CHI (153,227) … Highest Preds forward: Arnott (30,428) … Top 2 Defensemen – Lidstrom – DET (299,887) and Phaneuf – CGY (246,444) … Next: Rafalski – DET (128,169) … Highest Preds defenseman: Weber (68,025) … Top Goaltender – Luongo – VAN (268,849) … Next: Osgood – DET (106,277).

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Central Division
Entering play on Monday night, every team in the division is at or above .500 over its last 10 games played ... Detroit leads the NHL with 10 road victories, starting the season with a 10-2-2 mark away from Joe Louis Arena (.786 points percentage). The Red Wings are 5-2-2 at home this season (.667 points percentage) ... Chicago's Jonathan Toews is tied for the league lead with 4 shootout goals. Toews is also tied for the league lead with 2 shootout winning goals ... Nashville forward Radek Bonk leads the Conference in face-off percentage (62.5%) ... St. Louis forward Andy McDonald has scored 7 points against Central Division opponents this season, the most of any player within this division ... There is one intra-divisional game on the schedule for this week: Chicago at Detroit on Saturday.

Northwest Division
Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf has been on the ice for 45 of Calgary's goals scored this season, the most of any player in the Western Conference this season ... Minnesota's Mikko Koivu is averaging 21:52 of ice time this season, the most of any Western Conference forward ... Edmonton's Ales Hemsky leads the NHL with 19 points on the road this season ... Daymond Langkow has scored 12 of his 18 points against Northwest Division opponents … There are three intra-divisional games scheduled for this week: Colorado at Minnesota on Monday, Vancouver at Minnesota on Friday, and Vancouver at Colorado on Sunday.

Pacific Division
Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty leads all NHL rookies in average ice time this season (23:18) ... No Pacific Division player has scored more than 6 points against divisional opponents this season ... There is one intra-divisional game scheduled for this week: Los Angeles at Phoenix on Tuesday.
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