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Western Conference Notebook

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
February 6, 2008


Western Conference Notebook
The six teams ranked 5th – 10th in the conference standings are separated by four points, with the 11th and 12th place teams in the conference also within six points of the playoffs … Since the All-Star Break, there have been 14 overtime games across the league, 10 involving Western Conference teams … 14 of the 15 Western Conference teams have been involved in an overtime game since the All-Star Break. Ironically Edmonton, which leads the league with 18 overtime games this season, is the lone Western Conference team not to play in an overtime contest during that time … The Western Conference features the top five goalies in goals against average this season with Chris Osgood, Dominik Hasek, Pascal Leclaire, Roberto Luongo, and Evgeni Nabokov.

Central Division
Detroit continues to be the hottest team in the league with 16 points over its last 10 games played (8-2-0) … The Red Wings are the only team in the league this season with at least 20 wins at home and on the road. Detroit is 21-4-2 at home and 20-6-2 on the road … The Central Division does not have any intra-divisional games until Feb. 12 when Detroit visits Nashville, which starts a string of four consecutive days with intra-divisional match-ups … The division has four teams ranked among the league's top-10 in penalty killing, with Columbus at No. 3 (86.8%), Nashville at No. 4 (85.3%), Detroit at No. (84.5%), and St. Louis at No. 9 (83.9%) … Chicago's Patrick Kane leads the division with 19 points against Central Division foes … Chicago's Patrick Sharp leads the division with 12 goals against Central Division foes.

Northwest Division
The top four teams in the division are separated by a total of five points … Colorado, currently the #8 seed in the Western Conference playoff race, is 7-1-0 against Eastern Conference opponents this season and 21-20-5 against Western Conference opponents … Calgary's Jarome Iginla leads the Western Conference with 33 goals and 67 points … Vancouver's Henrik Sedin leads the division with 23 points against Northwest Division foes … Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff leads the division with 10 goals against Northwest Division foes … Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff leads the league with 3,054 minutes in net this season.

Pacific Division
The Dallas Stars have the second-most points in the NHL (69), trailing only Detroit (86) … San Jose (37 points), Phoenix (36 points), and Dallas (35 points) are the third, fourth, and fifth best road teams in the NHL this season …Los Angeles leads the NHL with 35 power-play goals at home, but are tied for 26th in the NHL with 14 power-play goals on the road … San Jose's Joe Thornton leads the division with 27 points against Pacific Division opponents … Phoenix's Shane Doan and Anaheim's Corey Perry are tied for the division lead with 11 goals against Pacific Division foes … San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov leads the league with 29 wins … Dallas forward Mike Ribeiro leads the league in shooting percentage (29.3%).

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