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.

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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.

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    Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for today

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    After the Eastern Conference Game 2s played out on Saturday, we’re getting the Western Conference set today. You can watch the action via NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

    Here’s a quick overview of where specifically you can watch the contests:

    St. Louis at Dallas (3:00 p.m. ET)

    If you want to watch the game on television, NBC is the channel to do that. If you want to stream the game with the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

    Nashville at San Jose (8:00 p.m. ET)

    The game will be televised on NBCSN. You can also stream the contest by clicking here.

    Here’s some relevant pregame reading material:

    With Eaves injured, Nichushkin will play for Stars in Game 2

    Hitchcock, Blues know they need to slow down the Stars … but can they?

    Sharks swarm in the third period, take down Predators in Game 1

    Speed, skill help Stars score late victory to take series lead over Blues

    Video: Penguins coach takes issue with late, high Orpik hit on Maatta

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken out against a late, high hit that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik threw on Olli Maatta early in the first period of an eventful Game 2 on Saturday.

    Maatta left and didn’t return. He played only 31 seconds, and the Penguins were reduced to five defensemen for a large portion of the game. Orpik was given a minor penalty on the play, but the league’s Department of Player Safety may see it differently.

    The hit occurred well after Maatta had gotten rid of the puck. He struggled on his way to the dressing room for further evaluation.

    Based on multiple reports, Orpik wasn’t made available to the media following the game, which went to the Penguins as they earned the split on the road.

    But the Penguins have taken issue with the hit.

    “I thought it was a late hit,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I thought it was a target to his head. I think it’s the type of hit everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.”

    Game on: Penguins even series with rival Capitals

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins will head back home with a split of their second-round series with the rival Washington Capitals.

    Former Capitals forward Eric Fehr came back to burn his hold team, as he scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation to help lift the Penguins over Washington with a 2-1 victory in an eventful Game 2 on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin threw the puck toward the net and Fehr was able to re-direct it by Braden Holtby.

    Oh, this was an eventful game, indeed.

    It started early in the first period with Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik catching Penguins blue liner Olli Maatta with a late and high hit that warranted — at least for now — only a minor penalty for interference. Maatta, clearly in distress following the hit, didn’t play another shift and saw only 31 seconds of ice time in total, as Pittsburgh was reduced to five defensemen for the remainder of the game.

    It continued in the third period. Kris Letang was furious after getting called for a trip on Justin Williams, and even more ticked off when the Capitals tied the game on the ensuing power play.

    For two periods, the Capitals couldn’t get much going. Only four of their players had registered a shot on goal through 40 minutes, while the Penguins held the edge in that department and held the lead.

    Washington came out with more jump in the third period, testing rookie netminder Matt Murray with 14 shots in the final 20 minutes. But the Penguins got the late goal to break the deadlock.

    Video: Penguins’ Letang was furious after Capitals tie up Game 2 with power play goal

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    Kris Letang watched from the penalty box as the Washington Capitals tied up Game 2 with a power play goal in the third period. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman was called for tripping after he appeared to muscle Justin Williams off the puck as he entered the zone.

    Letang let his disagreement with the call be known at the time, and was furious after the Capitals capitalized on a goal from Marcus Johansson.

    The Capitals started the period down a goal and being outshot 28-10 by the Penguins, who need a win to even the series.

    Also, it seems this is worth mentioning: