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March 16, 2011 3:30 pm

Rough waters in Pacific

The Anaheim Ducks host the St. Louis Blues tonight, and if the Ducks win, they will move into eighth place in the Western Conference. Why is that significant? Because it would — at least for now — put all five Pacific Division teams among the top eight in the West. Since the NHL went to its six-division format, there’s never been a season in which every team for a division made the playoffs. Late-season intra-division games will make it tough this season, but there’s a chance. Here’s how the Pacific Division teams stand right now. How will it turn out?

3. San Jose — 88 points
4. Kings — 85
5. Phoenix — 85
6. Chicago — 84
7. Dallas — 82
8. Calgary — 81
9. Anaheim — 79

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