NHL Western Conference Playoff Race
Red Wings and Canucks Battle for Top Spot in the West
It’s status quo in the Western Conference as the Detroit Red Wings have a slight edge over the Vancouver Canucks in the race for the top spot. That said, its not a safe lead as the Red Wings have 78 points in 57 games played, while the Canucks have 76 points with 56 games in the books.
By virtue of leading the Southwest Division by three points over the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks sit third overall in the West. Fans in St. Louis aren’t singing their annual playoff blues as their home town hero’s sit a sneaky fourth in the Western Conference. The Blues have 75 points with 55 games played.
Middle to Lower Western Conference Playoff Positions a Muddled Mess
Nashville and Chicago are in the middle of the pack in the West as the Predators hold down the fifth spot with 70 points, while the Blackhawks are sixth with 65 points. The Kings, with 65 points, have a tenuous hold on the seven spot as they have a two point lead over the Phoenix Coyotes who sit eighth with 63 points.
After that, the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche have 60 points apiece, while the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild have 59 and 58 points respectively. The final playoff spot in the Western Conference could go down to final day of the regular season on April 7, 2012. Phoenix @ Minnesota along with St. Louis @ Dallas, and Nashville @ Colorado, are all on tap to close out the season.
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