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Top 8 in West likely to stay that way

Apr 9, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

Even though the regular season doesn’t end until April 27, the top eight teams in the Western Conference today are likely to stay the top eight teams.

From Sports Club Stats:


If Phoenix, Dallas, Edmonton, Columbus, and Nashville have any hope, it may be the fact the Red Wings have lost four of their last six in regulation.

Detroit also has a tough stretch of games coming up. San Jose is in town Thursday, then the Wings head out on a four-game road trip with stops in Chicago, Nashville, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Wings have made the playoffs 21 straight seasons, by far the longest streak in the NHL. San Jose is next, with eight straight appearances in the postseason.

  1. tmoore4075 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    If Wings could ya know…play consistently they’d be ok but that would be too easy. They’ve had injuries for sure but this is do or a die time now. If they can’t get up for every game from here till the end they could be in trouble. You aren’t going to get 100% healthy this year so stop waiting around for it to happen.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Actually that will probably be the case in the east as well. Only possible change I see is if WAS succumbs to a tough schedule and recent injuries and cedes the SE title to WIN.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Poor ‘Lumbus. So close.

  4. ddavis83 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    All season we keep hearing about the Wings “injuries” . Kind of a lame excuse. They got off to a rough start because of some D men out but they have like 9 healthy right now. Teams would kill for that.

    • izlez - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Even though they are on the downside of their careers, Bertuzzi and Samuelsson have virtually missed the whole season. That doesn’t help. Helm has also missed the whole season and that is definitely a big loss

      • profsudz - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Bert is a thug

    • Scott - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      You kept hearing about the “injuries” because the Wings were—and remain—the runaway leader in that category. At one point, the Wings were so absurdly ahead in “man games lost to injury” it looked as if they might double the No. 2 team. The last I saw it reported, the Wings had lost 205 games to injury and the Bruins had lost … 35. If that doesn’t tell a story, I’m not sure what could.

      Not saying the Wings would be near the top of the WC if healthy. But they sure wouldn’t be scrapping for a playoff berth. At one point this year, the only guys on the ice from the 2011-12 opening day roster were Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Howard, Cleary, Abdelkader and Drew Miller. The turnover—whether via retirement, free agency, or injury—has been absurd.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Yay sharks

  6. blurwild - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    The last time I saw the Wild at >95% chance was December 12th last year when they led the NHL… just before they took a giant crap on the second half of the season and fell to 12th by the end of the season.

    85.47% of all stats are made up on the spot.

  7. jhuck92 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I’m praying Phoenix gets the 8th seed just so they can get swept by Chicago. And Mike Smith will look like a fool by selling calls and throwing yet another hissy fit.

  8. blomfeld - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The LA Kings Rule !!! :)

    • kellanmarr - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Not tonight, they didn’t. Dallas made them look like high school players in the 3rd period, on the way to a 5-1 thrashing.

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