Western Conference Update – April 7

Here is the one game of note for Thursday night:

  • Colorado @ Dallas

The Blackhawks win pushed them four points ahead of Dallas, but the Stars have tonight’s game in-hand. A Stars win would keep Dallas on the heels of the Blackhawks and Ducks for the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture with two games remaining.

Unfortunately, the Blackhawks got little/no help last night. The Coyotes and Kings went to a shootout – the dreaded three-point game – and the Ducks hammered the Sharks. With the win, the Kings clinched a playoff spot, while the single point for the Coyotes dropped them to sixth just two point ahead of Anaheim and Chicago.

The schedule for the rest of the regular season is pretty simple for the teams in the playoff picture in the West:

  • Phoenix vs San Jose twice
  • Nashville – vs Columbus, @ St. Louis
  • Anaheim vs Los Angeles twice
  • Chicago vs Detroit twice
  • Dallas – home-and-home vs Colorado on Thursday and Friday, @ Minnesota on Sunday

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One Response to Western Conference Update – April 7

  1. HockeyBroad says:

    Sharks are 4-0 vs PHX so far this season… worth noting that if PHX loses both games vs SJ, and ANA & CHI both win at least once, tiebreakers will vault both Ducks and Blackhawks ahead of the Coyotes (whether or not DAL wins out). And if I’m reading tiebreakers correctly, if NSH loses out but Anaheim wins at least once, Ducks move ahead of Preds?

    Amazing that this late in the season, there’s still 6 different teams that could claim home ice, although LA has best shot.

    Wonder if after last night, how much St. Louis is going to bring to Nashville game. It’s last game of season for them, but it’s at home, and while they can’t spoil NSH’s playoff chances (I think if NSH lost out and DAL won out, NSH still ahead in standings?), they could certainly help knock them down to 7th or 8th.

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