Western Conference: Playoff Race Preview

March 21st, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
The race for the playoffs is extremely tight in the Western Conference. With four bottom-half teams realistically having a shot at making the playoffs, and a fight atop the standings, the final ten games of the season will be as important as ever.

Veteran playoff teams like the Red Wings will be fighting for the eighth spot, while newbie teams like the Coyotes will be challenging for the top spot in the conference.


1. *Chicago Blackhawks — 97

Since training camp, the Blackhawks have been most people’s favorite to win the Western Conference. They are in great position to do that, as they have the highest goal differential in the West and have dominated what is always an extremely tough conference. Patrick Kane has lead the team from the get-go, while Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi have held down the fort in goal.


2. *San Jose Sharks — 96

The Sharks have been the NHL’s premiere regular season team for years, though the Coyotes are threatening their division title. San Jose’s defense has been solid all year, while Dany Heatley has flourished in a new system. ...

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