Western Conference Standings and Games Remaining

Rk

Team GP W-L-O-PTS Top Third Mid Third Bot Third

1

Nashville

49

34-12-3-71

8H 4R 12

4H 6R 10

5H 6R 11

2

Anaheim

50

30-12-8-68

6H 7R 13

4H 1R 5

6H 8R 14

3

Detroit

49

30-14-5-65

4H 4R 8

4H 3R 7

10H 8R 18

4

San Jose

48

32-16-0-64

5H 7R 12

4H 6R 10

6H 6R 12

5

Dallas

48

29-18-1-59

6H 7R 13

5H 2R 7

7H 7R 14

6

Calgary

47

26-17-4-56

4H 5R 9

8H 8R 16

5H 5R 10

6

Vancouver

48

27-19-2-56

4H 5R 9

8H 5R 13

6H 6R 12

8

Minnesota

49

25-20-4-54

2H 3R 5

9H 9R 18

5H 5R 10

9

Colorado

47

24-20-3-51

5H 5R 10

8H 9R 17

3H 5R 8

10

Edmonton

48

23-21-4-50

3H 6R 9

8H 7R 15

5H 5R 10

11

Phoenix

48

22-24-2-46

6H 7R 13

7H 6R 13

5H 3R 8

11

St. Louis

48

19-21-8-46

10H 4R 14

6H 6R 12

2H 6R 8

13

Columbus

48

18-25-5-41

9H 6R 15

3H 5R 8

6H 5R 11

13

Chicago

48

17-24-7-41

6H 8R 14

5H 5R 10

5H 5R 10

15

Los Angeles

50

16-28-6-38

4H 7R 11

4H 7R 11

4H 6R 10

This is a pretty traditional western conference standings, but I have added three columns at the end to indicate what's left in the rest of the schedule.
  • Top Third indicates games remaining against the top 5 teams in the west or the top 5 teams in the east (NSH, ANA, DET, SJS, DAL, BUF, NJD, ATL, MTL, OTT).
  • Mid Third indicates games remaining against the middle 5 teams from either conference (CGY, VAN, MIN, COL, EDM, CAR, TBL, NYR, TOR, PIT).
  • Bot Third indicates games against the bottom 5 teams from either conference (PHX, STL, CBJ, CHI, LAK, BOS, NYI, WSH, FLA, PHI).

I don't know if it's that revealing, but note that Detroit and Minnesota in particular seem to have gotten through the toughest parts of their schedule, and there seems to be a lot of top games remaining between Nashville, Anaheim, San Jose, and Dallas. The Predators probably will drop somewhat, as they have already played most of their games against their "automatic two points" division sisters. Teams in the bottom five are pretty destined to stay there, it seems, as they have tougher competition ahead of them than the teams they are trying to catch.

I guess all I'm really saying is that I'll be somewhat surprised if Detroit doesn't end up with the one seed and if Minnesota doesn't end up in the top eight. That means that Colorado and/or Edmonton had better really step it up, because they may need to catch one of VAN/CGY/DAL, all of which have quite a strong headstart.

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