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2010 NHL playoffs: Western Conference seeding update

Apr 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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Here’s the latest Western Conference standings, with Los Angeles
currently losing to Edmonton as I type this.

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Every team has clinched a playoff spot, but there is still some
jockeying to be done as far as playoff positioning goes. After the jump,
the remaining game and seeding possibilities for each team:

1. Chicago Blackhawks (111 points)

Remaining
game:
vs. Detroit Red Wings, Sunday @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding
possibility:
Can clinch top seed in the West with either a San Jose
loss in regulation tonight, or a win against the Red Wings tomorrow
night.

2. San Jose Sharks (111 points)

Remaining
game:
vs. Phoenix Coyotoes, tonight @ 10:30 p.m. EDT

Seeding
possibility:
The Sharks would need to win tonight, and hope for a
Chicago loss tomorrow in order to get the top seed in the conference.
They cannot finish any lower than 2nd.

3. Vancouver Canucks
(101 points)

Remaining game: vs. Calgary
Flames, tonight @ 10:00 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: None.
The Canucks are locked into the 3rd seed in the West.

4.
Phoenix Coyotes (106 points)

Remaining game: @San
Jose Sharks, tonight @ 10:30 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: None.
The Coyotes are locked into the 4th seed.

5. Detroit Red
Wings (100 points)

Remaining game: @ Chicago
Blackhawks, Sunday @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: The
Red Wings need a win tomorrow to lock down the 5th spot. With a loss to
Chicago, and wins by the LA Kings and Nashville Predators, the Red Wings
could drop as low as 7th, due to tiebreakers (more wins).

6.
Los Angeles Kings (98 points)

Remaining games: vs.
Edmonton Oilers (in progress), @ Colorado Avalanche, Sunday @ 3 p.m.
EDT

Seeding possibility: If the Kings win out (tonight and
tomorrow @ Colorado) then they are assured a 5th seed. One loss, one win
and combined with Detroit loss and the Kings get 5th seed due to
tiebreakers. The Kings could also drop to 7th, with just one win and a
Predators win.

7. Nashville Predators (98 points)

Remaining
games:
vs. St. Louis Blues, tonight @ 8 p.m. EDT

Seeding
possibility:
Nearly identical to the Kings’, except that Nashville
has just one game remaining. The Predators could finish as high as 5th,
with losses by the Red Wings and Kings, and a win tonight. If the Kings
lose out, and Preds lose tonight, they would automatically finish in 6th
due to tiebreakers.

8. Colorado Avalanche (94 points)

Remaining
games:
vs. Los Angeles Kings @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding
possibility:
None. The Avalanche are locked into the final seed in
the West.

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