NHL Playoffs 2011: Latest on the Ducks, Kings, Sharks and West Playoff Picture

April 10th, 2011 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
As the dust settled in the NHL on Saturday night, the playoff situation in the Eastern Conference was cleared up, but over in the West they were left with questions still unanswered as the top eight teams jockeyed for position. Only the Vancouver Canucks, who wrapped up the Presidents Trophy a week ago, were comfortably set. It was a free-for-all for the rest of the conference.

With the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings looking to make major leaps up the standings, and the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes aiming to cement their seeds in the postseason, things were wild on the penultimate night of the regular season.

It all began with the Predators, who would have locked up the fourth seed and home-ice advantage in the first round had they beaten the St. Louis Blues, but were unable to as they fell 2-0. This opened up the door for a number of teams, including the Kings and Ducks, who battled it out in Anaheim. 

The Kings began the night in sixth place with 98 points, with the Ducks breathing down their neck in seventh with 97 points. The Ducks won the game 2-1 and combined with Nashville losing, jumped all the way up to fourth a ...

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