from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,
Yesterday, we looked at the East and today, let’s take stock of the Western Conference where, realistically, it appears that the Oilers, Wild and Ducks are close to joining the Blue Jackets in the Also-Ran department, too far out of contention with too few games left for us to believe they can make a serious charge to eighth place.
Beyond that, not much is certain.
As always, hot and cold performances will be key, as will injuries — just ask the Red Wings. And we can’t forget suspensions, either. The Coyotes will be without their captain and catalyst Shane Doan, who will sit for three games after this elbow to the Stars’ Jamie Benn on Tuesday.
read on to gather information about the race in the West including a schedule breakdown, plus and minus for each team, etc…..