January 29, 2008
Western Conference Notebook
The six teams ranked 6th – 11th in the Conference standings are separated by four points, with St. Louis and Edmonton just three points behind that group … The Western Conference has posted a 57-31-7 record against Eastern Conference teams this season, with another six games scheduled in the first three nights out of the All-Star Break … The three divisions all contributed equally to the Conference's All-Star Game output as each division's representatives chipped in a combined five points each (Central Division representatives 3 goals, 2 assists; Northwest Division representatives 2 goals, 3 assists; Pacific Division representatives 2 goals, 3 assists).
Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Central was the only division in the conference in which all five teams had a record of .500 or better … Detroit is the hottest team in the Western Conference with 15 points in its last 10 games played (7-2-1) … The Red Wings are an amazing 9-1-0 in their last 10 games at home to run their home mark to a league-best 19-4-2 … Nashville, 4-1-0 against Eastern Conference foes this season, plays three inter-conference games in its first five games after the All-Star Break … Chicago, which exits the break at the bottom of the divisional standings with 50 points, has the best record within the division (23 points, 11-7-1), while Detroit, which exits the break with the best record in the entire league, has the worst record within the division (16 points, 7-7-2) … Columbus forward Rick Nash recorded a hat trick in the 2008 All-Star Game. Nash has scored 5 goals and 2 assists in the past two All-Star Games.
Exiting the All-Star Break, the top four teams in the division are separated by a total of three points … All four of those teams (Minnesota, Calgary, Vancouver, and Colorado) are currently in a playoff seed … The Northwest Division is the only division in the NHL which has not had a player successfully convert a penalty shot (NW Division shooters are 0-for-2 this season) … Colorado, currently the #8 seed in the Western Conference playoff race, is 7-1-0 against Eastern Conference opponents this season and 19-19-4 against Western Conference opponents … Edmonton leads the league with 18 overtime games, winning 13. The Oilers have won 10 games during regulation time this season … Edmonton rookie Sam Gagner leads the NHL with four shootout deciding goals.
The top three teams at the All-Star Break are separated by a total of one point, with San Jose and Dallas tied at 61 points and Anaheim at 60 points … San Jose (35 points), Phoenix (30 points), and Dallas (29 points) are the second, third, and fourth best road teams in the Conference … The Sharks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 road games … The LA Kings have five players with 10 or more goals at the All-Star Break; 25-year old Mike Cammalleri is the oldest of the five, 11 days older than Alexander Frolov. Dustin Brown (23 years old), Patrick O'Sullivan (22 years old), and Anze Kopitar (20 years old) are the other Kings players with more than 10 goals.