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Western Conference Notebook

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
February 20, 2008

Western Conference Notebook

The top of the Conference standings are starting to take shape. Entering the final quarter of the regular season, each of the three division leaders has at least a five-point cushion on the second place team … The bottom of the playoff picture is still extremely tight with three points separating the teams ranked 7th – 11th … The Western Conference features eight of the top 10 skaters in plus/minus rating this season, including league-leader Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit.

Central Division

Entering play on Feb. 20, all five teams in the division sport a record of .500 or better, the only division in the conference to make that claim … Detroit and Nashville are the only two teams in the NHL to record at least 20 home wins this season. Detroit leads the league with 21 home wins, while Nashville's 20 home wins are the second-most this season … St. Louis is 18-10-5 at home this season, matching their home win total from 2006-07. The Blues have 41 home points this season, already one better than the 40 they earned last season … Chicago is 13-13-5 on the road this season, just one road win shy of their entire total from last season … Nearly half of the Blackhawks wins this season have come against Central Division foes. Chicago is 13-8-1 inside the division, but is just 14-18-5 outside of the division … St. Louis and Columbus have 9 overtime points, tied for the most in the NHL this season.

Northwest Division
The Minnesota Wild have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games to open up a five point lead in the division with 22 games remaining … Vancouver and Colorado have earned just 20 points since Jan. 1, tied for the second lowest total in the conference … Edmonton scored the 8,000th goal in franchise history with Denis Grebeshkov's second period goal during its 5-4 loss at Nashville on Feb. 19 … The Oilers have 12 road wins this season, just one shy of their total from last season … The Flames, tied for seventh place in the conference, have allowed 175 goals this season, the most of any team currently occupying playoff seed in the Western Conference.

Pacific Division
Dallas is the hottest team in the NHL over the past 10 games, posting a 9-1-0 mark to open a six point lead in the division with 19 games remaining … Third place San Jose trails Dallas by nine points, but has played four fewer games … Dallas and Phoenix both have 18 road wins this season, tied for second in the NHL, trailing only the 21 road wins earned by Detroit … Phoenix has already matched it win total from last season (31). The Coyotes need just one more point to match last season's total … Los Angeles has 3 overtime points this season, the fewest in the NHL. Last season the Kings led the conference with 14 overtime points.

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