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Western Conference Notebook: Oct. 13

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
The first weekend of the ’08-09 regular season is in the books and five Western Conference teams are undefeated, while six conference teams are still looking for their first win of the season … After one weekend of play, San Jose leads the conference with a 3-0-0 record, followed by Phoenix and Vancouver at 2-0-0. Edmonton and Minnesota are 1-0-0 … Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, and Los Angeles finished the weekend each at 0-2-0. Calgary and Dallas are both at 0-1-1 … There were 7 out-of-conference match-ups last week with Western Conference teams posting a 2-5-0 record in those games.

Central Division
Central Division teams participated in 9 games during the opening week of the season; 5 of the 9 games were out of conference match-ups against opponents from the Eastern Conference, the most out of conference games of any division so far. The Central Division posted a 1-4-0 record in those 5 games against Eastern Conference foes … The Detroit Red Wings are tied for the NHL lead with an average of 39.0 shots on goal per game … As of games played on Sunday, Chicago and Columbus are the only two teams in the Western Conference that have not played a home game this season. Both the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets will play their Home Openers this week with the Predators serving as the opponent in both cases. The Blackhawks play their Home Opener on Monday night against the Preds. Columbus plays its Home Opener on Friday night against Nashville.

Northwest Division
The Colorado Avalanche have allowed an average of 19.5 shots on goal per game through the first weekend of play, the fewest shots against in the league … Edmonton and Minnesota are the only teams in the Western Conference without a road game yet this season. Edmonton plays its first road game on Wednesday night at Anaheim. The Wild play their first road contest on Tuesday night at Atlanta … As of Sunday’s games, Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin leads the league with 5 points. Sedin was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for his performances in the opening weekend of play.

Pacific Division
Pacific Division teams participated in 7 games during the opening weekend with 4 intra-division match-ups and only 3 games against teams not in the Pacific Division. All 3 of those games were against Central Division opponents, posting a 1-1-1 record in those games … The San Jose Sharks are 3-0-0 on the season with each win coming against a divisional opponent. The Sharks beat Anaheim in their season opener and then swept a home-and-home series against the LA Kings.

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