Western Conference Standings – Through April 7

What a difference 24 hours can make! Detroit wins a game and jumps from seventh to fifth after the Coyotes hung three on Nashville in a furious third period. Los Angeles now stands with one game in-hand on Detroit and two on Nashville, just one point out of fifth place in the conference.

The furthest column to the right is also interesting – the current win/loss streaks of each team. Other than the Blackhawks, no team has won or lost more than two games in a row, and Detroit is the only team that has won more than six of their last 10. But considering that the Red Wings are 1-1-1 in their last three, and snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, the relative comfort level of their winning streak is not without concerns on some level.

Most important on this chart is the name that tops the conference, though: Chicago. The Blackhawks, with control of the tie breaker with San Jose, are now on top of the Western Conference with two games left.

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