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2010 NHL playoffs: Western Conference seeding update

Here’s the latest Western Conference standings, with Los Angeles currently losing to Edmonton as I type this.


Every team has clinched a playoff spot, but there is still some jockeying to be done as far as playoff positioning goes. After the jump, the remaining game and seeding possibilities for each team:

1. Chicago Blackhawks (111 points)

Remaining game: vs. Detroit Red Wings, Sunday @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: Can clinch top seed in the West with either a San Jose loss in regulation tonight, or a win against the Red Wings tomorrow night.

2. San Jose Sharks (111 points)

Remaining game: vs. Phoenix Coyotoes, tonight @ 10:30 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: The Sharks would need to win tonight, and hope for a Chicago loss tomorrow in order to get the top seed in the conference. They cannot finish any lower than 2nd.

3. Vancouver Canucks (101 points)

Remaining game: vs. Calgary Flames, tonight @ 10:00 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: None. The Canucks are locked into the 3rd seed in the West.

4. Phoenix Coyotes (106 points)

Remaining game: @San Jose Sharks, tonight @ 10:30 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: None. The Coyotes are locked into the 4th seed.

5. Detroit Red Wings (100 points)

Remaining game: @ Chicago Blackhawks, Sunday @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: The Red Wings need a win tomorrow to lock down the 5th spot. With a loss to Chicago, and wins by the LA Kings and Nashville Predators, the Red Wings could drop as low as 7th, due to tiebreakers (more wins).

6. Los Angeles Kings (98 points)

Remaining games: vs. Edmonton Oilers (in progress), @ Colorado Avalanche, Sunday @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: If the Kings win out (tonight and tomorrow @ Colorado) then they are assured a 5th seed. One loss, one win and combined with Detroit loss and the Kings get 5th seed due to tiebreakers. The Kings could also drop to 7th, with just one win and a Predators win.

7. Nashville Predators (98 points)

Remaining games: vs. St. Louis Blues, tonight @ 8 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: Nearly identical to the Kings’, except that Nashville has just one game remaining. The Predators could finish as high as 5th, with losses by the Red Wings and Kings, and a win tonight. If the Kings lose out, and Preds lose tonight, they would automatically finish in 6th due to tiebreakers.

8. Colorado Avalanche (94 points)

Remaining games: vs. Los Angeles Kings @ 3 p.m. EDT

Seeding possibility: None. The Avalanche are locked into the final seed in the West.