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Western Conference Playoff Picture

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
With just one day left in the NHL's regular season schedule, will continue an in depth look at the playoff race in the Western Conference. Check back for information on games of interest in the Conference playoff race.

DEFINING THE RACE: will track the teams still alive in the Playoff Race within reach of the Nashville Predators. Categories listed will be the team's current playoff seed, points earned, wins (which is the first tie breaker at the end of the season), games remaining in the schedule, and the maximum points still available.

Seed Team Points (Wins) Gms Remain Max Pts
#6 Calgary 94 (42) 0 94
#7 Colorado 93 (43) 1 95
#8 NASHVILLE 91 (41) 0 91

Remaining Opponents
Calgary (0H/0A) - Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. TBA (San Jose or Minnesota)
Colorado (1H/0A) - MIN
Nashville (0H/0A) - Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit

NHL Tie Breakers
If two teams are tied at the end of the regular season, the NHL tie-breaker system goes as follows:
1) Greater number of games won during the entire season
2) Greater number points earned in the season series between the tied clubs
3) The greater differential between goals for and goals against for the entire regular season.

Nashville Tie Breaker Scenarios
vs. Colorado - Colorado wins tie breaker #1 Wins (43 to 41 - Nashville only has two games remaining)
vs. Calgary - Tie breaker #1 Wins is tied (41 to 41), Calgary won tie breaker #2 Season Series (5 points to 4 / 2-1-1 to 2-2-0)

Playoff Seeding Scenarios:
Detroit has secured the No. 1 seed -- face No. 8 seed Nashville in Conference Quarterfinals
San Jose has secured the No. 2 seed
Minnesota has secured the No. 3 seed
Anaheim has secured the No. 4 seed
Dallas can still finish in the No. 5 or No. 6 seed
Colorado can still finish in the No. 5, No. 6, or No. 7 seed
Calgary can still finish in the No. 6 or No. 7seed
Nashville has secured the No. 8 seed -- face No. 1 seed Detroit in Conference Quarterfinals

Upcoming Games of Interest:
Thursday, April 3
at Nashville d. St. Louis, 3-2
at Minnesota d. Calgary, 3-1
Edmonton d. Vancouver, 2-1

Friday, April 4
at Chicago d. Nashville, 3-1

Saturday, April 5
Calgary d. Vancouver, 7-1

Sunday, April 6
Minnesota at Colorado

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