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Western Conference playoff bubble

  1. Drew Doughty admits Kings want to spoil Sharks’ playoffs chances

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v Los Angeles Kings

    Los Angeles still needs to punch its own ticket to the postseason, though.

  2. Sharks sweep huge home-and-home vs. Stars

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Steve Ott,Brent Burns,Antti Niemi

    Two big regulation matches swing teams’ fates.

  3. This just in: Darryl Sutter is “not Nostradamus”

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Darryl Sutter

    He’s upbeat about the Kings’ road trip overall, though.

  4. Why winning the Pacific is kind of a big deal

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

    … And not just material for a great matchup for the Chicago Blackhawks.

  5. West update: Stars capture Pacific lead – again

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

    The golden rule: don’t condemn or praise any of the contenders from the Pacific too much.

  6. Sharks take Pacific Division lead, Flames stay alive

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

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    Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks

    Tonight’s playoff update.

  7. West update: Sharks are tonight’s only empty-handed team

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

    All the playoff contenders got at least one point except the struggling Sharks.

  8. Sharks open up path of most resistance with loss to Ducks

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Douglas Murray

    Can San Jose navigate a schedule with no give?

  9. West update: Kings beat Jimmy Howard in his return

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Los Angeles Kings

    The bubble teams advanced their causes on a busy Tuesday

  10. Every West playoff contender gained a point tonight

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:52 AM EDT

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    Logan Couture

    Sharks, Avs and Coyotes got the full two, though.

  11. Ducks “stay eligible” with victory against Oilers

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Teemu Selanne, Cory Perry

    Milestone nights for Perry, Selanne.

  12. Banged-up Stars improbably stand alone in eighth place

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Niklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson, Kim Johnsson

    No Jamie Benn? No problem, apparently.

  13. Poll: Does Jeff Carter make the Kings a playoff team?

    Feb 24, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal

    Share your side of the story and vote.

  14. Kings face tough odds to stay in playoffs

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Mike Cammalleri, Mike Richards

    Calgary looks like a serious threat to steal the eighth spot from Los Angeles.

  15. Gauging the surging Anaheim Ducks’ playoff prospects

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Pittsburgh Penguins

    Can Bruce Boudreau’s bunch complete an unlikely run after reaching the .500 mark tonight?

  16. Coyotes boot Wild out of West’s top eight

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

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    Shane Doan, Martin Hanzal

    PHT runs down how the West’s bubble teams fared on a busy Thursday.

  17. Game of the Week preview: Blackhawks could finish anywhere from fifth to ninth place

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:56 AM EDT

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    Marian Hossa

    After plenty of big games, the Blackhawks understand that this is genuinely their biggest contest of the season. Want to know how Chicago could possibly finish somewhere between fifth and ninth place? Read this post.

  18. Tonight in the West: Kings clinch spot, Blackhawks and Ducks build cushions

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:17 AM EDT

    Kyle Clifford, Ilya Bryzgalov, Michal Rozsival

    The Kings clinched a playoff spot, the Flames were officially eliminated and the West’s bottom two seed protected themselves in a busy night in the competitive conference.

  19. Race for the playoffs: Three West teams could clinch, Blackhawks and Stars face tests

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Michael Cammalleri, Troy Brouwer

    The Predators can clinch a playoff spot along with the idle Coyotes and Kings, while the Blackhawks and Stars face some gut-check games in the Western Conference tonight.

  20. Race for the Playoffs: Ducks could clinch for three teams, Stars and Flames must win

    Apr 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

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    daleyruutuap

    The Ducks could clinch a playoff spot for themselves (plus the Kings and Coyotes) if they can beat the desperate Stars. Meanwhile, the Flames fight for their playoff lives while the Red Wings and Blackhawks try to improve their situations.

  21. West playoff rundown: Red Wings clinch berth, Sharks bite Ducks and more

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi, Ray Emery

    The Red Wings clinched a playoff spot thanks to an OT comeback with against the Predators, the Sharks beat the Ducks, the Kings defeated the Stars and the Wild were officially eliminated from the playoffs tonight. Read the recaps in this post.

  22. Race of the Playoffs: Huge games for Flames, Blackhawks

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

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    Calgary Flames v St. Louis Blues

    The Flames play a must-win, the Blackhawks have a huge game and the Coyotes could earn some precious point tonight. Here’s a look at three games that will affect the West’s playoff picture on Friday.

  23. Back to 7th place in a Finnish Flash: Teemu Selanne scores 5 points in Ducks win

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

    Teemu Selanne scored a hat trick and two assists, factoring into all five of the Ducks’ goals as Anaheim jumped back into seventh place with a 5-4 win against the Avalanche.

  24. Marian Hossa scores OT winner as Blackhawks earn big win against Red Wings

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

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    Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa,  Patrick Kane

    Marian Hossa’s overtime power play game-winner earned the Blackhawks a crucial win against the Red Wings. Read this post for a recap of the game, along with an updated look at the race for the West’s final playoff spots.

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