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Western Conference playoff races

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. Breaking down the race for the West’s final playoff spots

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    George Parros, Raitis Ivanans

    The Pacific Division title and West’s final two spots could make for an interesting stretch run.

  5. Dallas Stars face must-win (in regulation or overtime) game against Minnesota Wild

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Mikko Koivu, Greg Zanon, Adam Burish

    After Chicago’s loss, the Stars can earn a playoff spot with a regulation or overtime win against the Wild. So what are their chances of accomplishing that? Check out this preview to find out.

  6. Tonight in the West: Sharks dismantle Kings to clinch Pacific crown

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:01 AM EDT

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    Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau

    The Sharks clobbered the Kings 6-1 tonight, clinching their fourth consecutive Pacific Division title. Learn how this contest changes up the Western Conference playoff picture in this post.

  7. 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.

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