|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Charlottetown Islanders||Chicoutimi Sagueneens|
|Drummondville Voltigeurs||Gatineau Olympiques|
|Halifax Mooseheads||Moncton Wildcats|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
Calgary, AB – The 2011-12 Western Hockey League schedule is now down to the final weekend of regular-season action, with still plenty to be determined through Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s games.
The Victoria Royals inched closer to a playoff spot as they pulled off a big win over Portland on Wednesday, while the Edmonton Oil Kings find themselves leading the race for the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy after a working overtime to get past Kootenay.
The WHL's Eastern and Western Conferences will use a Conference playoff format.
The first place teams in the two Divisions in each Conference will receive the top two playoff seeds based on regular season points. The next six Clubs in each Conference, based on regular season points, will receive the 3rd - 8th playoff positions. The Clubs will be paired 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5 in a best-of-seven series.
The first place Clubs in each Division will be guaranteed the top two playoff seeds in the first round. As in previous seasons, the format for the remaining three rounds of the WHL Playoffs will remain the same. The four Clubs winning first round series in each Conference will advance to the second round, where they will be ranked in order of regular season points. The Clubs will be paired 1 vs. 4, and 2 vs. 3 in best of seven series.
The two Clubs winning the second round series in each Conference will advance to the third round (WHL Conference Championships), where they will be ranked in order of regular season points. The Clubs will be paired 1 vs. 2 in a best of seven series.
The Eastern and Western Conference Champions will advance to the best of seven WHL Championship Series, with the Club having the most regular season points receiving home ice advantage
WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE
X denotes clinched playoff spot, Y denotes clinched Conference title, *denoted Division leader
1). *Edmonton Oil Kings XY 70gp-48-15-3-4, 103pts (2 games remaining)
2). *Moose Jaw Warriors X 70gp-43-19-6-2, 94pts (2 games remaining)
3). Medicine Hat Tigers X 70gp-42-23-2-3, 89pts (2 games remaining)
4). Calgary Hitmen X 70gp-42-25-2-1, 87pts (2 games remaining)
5). Regina Pats X 70gp-37-25-6-2, 82pts (2 games remaining)
6). Saskatoon Blades X 70gp-39-28-1-2, 81pts (2 games remaining)
7). Kootenay Ice X 70gp-36-25-5-4, 81pts (2 games remaining)
8). Brandon Wheat Kings X 70gp-37-28-1-4, 79pts (2 games remaining)
9). Red Deer Rebels 70gp-31-33-1-5, 68pts (2 games remaining)
10). Swift Current Broncos 70gp-26-36-2-6, 60pts (2 games remaining)
11). Lethbridge Hurricanes 70gp-28-41-0-1, 57pts (2 games remaining)
12). Prince Albert Raiders 70gp-21-43-3-3, 48pts (2 games remaining)
All eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference are locked up. Yet, nothing has been decided as far as first-round match-ups are concerned.
Edmonton, Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat and Calgary have all clinched at least top-four spots, meaning they will have home-ice advantage through at least the first round of the playoffs.
The Edmonton Oil Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors remain in the No. 1 and 2 spots in the Eastern Conference. With the Oil Kings having clinched the Eastern Conference title, those two teams will remain exactly where they are in the standings.
The Oil Kings’ win over Kootenay on Wednesday vaulted them one point ahead of Tri-Cities and three points ahead of Portland for the Scotty Munro Memorial trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the WHL playoffs. Edmonton closes out the regular season with stops in Medicine Hat and Red Deer on the weekend.
The Warriors are locked into first place in the East Division and second place in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors close out the regular-season schedule with a home-and-home series versus Prince Albert on the weekend.
The Tigers currently hold a two-point lead over Calgary for third spot, with both teams now having two games remaining. The Tigers host Edmonton and Lethbridge on the weekend, while the Hitmen play a home-and-home series versus Kootenay to close out the regular season.
Just three points separates fifth place from eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Pats downed the Raiders on Wednesday to move them one point up on Saskatoon and Kootenay into sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They will play Brandon in a season-ending home-and-home series on the weekend.
The Ice gained a point from their overtime loss to Edmonton on Wednesday, tying them with Saskatoon for sixth place in the conference. The Blades hold the tiebreaker with more victories than the Ice. Saskatoon closes out their schedule with a home-and-home series versus Swift Current.
The Wheat Kings’ shootout loss gave them a point, meaning they can still finish as high as fifth place in the conference.
The Red Deer Rebels, Swift Current Broncos, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Prince Albert Raiders will not be playing post-season hockey this year.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
1). *Tri-City Americans X 70gp-49-17-2-2, 102pts (2 games remaining)
2). *Kamloops Blazers X 70gp-46-19-2-3, 97pts (2 games remaining)
3). Portland Winterhawks X 70gp-48-18-3-1, 100pts (2 games remaining)
4). Vancouver Giants X 70gp-39-26-2-3. 83pts (2 games remaining)
5). Spokane Chiefs X 70gp-37-24-5-4, 83pts (2 games remaining)
6). Kelowna Rockets X 70gp-30-31-3-6, 69pts (2 games remaining)
7). Victoria Royals 71gp-23-41-3-4, 53pts (1 games remaining)
8). Everett Silvertips 70gp-21-39-2-8, 52pts (2 games remaining)
9). Seattle Thunderbirds 69gp-24-43-1-1, 50pts (3 games remaining)
10). Prince George Cougars 70gp-23-45-0-2, 48pts (2 games remaining)
The races at the top and bottom of the Western Conference standings continue as the U.S. Division title, the Western Conference crown and the final two playoff spots in the conference have still yet to be determined.
The Tri-City Americans remain two points up on Portland for first place in the U.S. Division and the Western Conference, with both teams having two games remaining. The Americans host Everett and Spokane to finish up the season this weekend. The Winterhawks are in Victoria on Friday then host Seattle on Sunday.
The Kamloops Blazers have already clinched the B.C. Division title, but were officially eliminated from Scotty Munro Memorial trophy contention with their loss in Spokane on Wednesday. The Blazers finish their season with a home-and-home series versus Prince George.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Victoria Royals edged the visiting Winterhawks on Wednesday to move a point up on Everett for seventh place in the conference. Any combination of points gained and points dropped by Seattle totaling two will lock up a playoff spot for the Royals.
The Everett Silvertips fell to eighth place in the conference after losing in Kelowna on Wednesday, and remain two points clear of Seattle for that final playoff berth. The ‘Tips visit Tri-Cities on Friday before closing out their regular-season schedule with a huge match-up versus Seattle on Saturday.
The Thunderbirds sit two points back of the ‘Tips and three back of Victoria in the conference, but have three games left to play. However, the final weekend will be tough for the T-Birds as they visit Spokane and Portland on Friday and Sunday along with Saturday’s crucial clash with Everett.
The Prince George Cougars find themselves on the edge of playoff elimination after Victoria’s win on Wednesday. Now, they must sweep their season-ending home-and-home series versus Kamloops while hoping for Everett to lose both of their remaining games in regulation and for Seattle to gain no more than two points in order to set up a tiebreaker for the final playoff spot.
The Vancouver Giants and Spokane Chiefs will face each other in the opening round of the 2012 Playoffs. Who gets home-ice advantage has yet to be determined. The teams are tied on points, but the Giants have two more wins, meaning they currently hold the tiebreaker.
Vancouver closes out their regular-season schedule with a home-and-home series versus Kelowna, while Spokane takes on Tri-Cities and Seattle this weekend.
BOB CLARKE TROPHY RACE
1. Brendan Shinnimin, T.C. 67gp-58g-73a-131pts
2. Ty Rattie, POR 67gp-55g-62a-117pts
3. Mark Stone, BRN 64gp-39g-78a-117pts
4. Jordan Weal, REG 68gp-41g-75a-116pts
5. Adam Hughesman, T.C. 70gp-48g-65a-113pts
6. Patrick Holland, T.C. 70gp-24g-83a-107pts
7. Emerson Etem, M.H 63gp-60g-45a-105pts
8. Michael St. Croix, EDM 70gp-43g-58a-101pts
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Which player among the currrent WHL goal leaders is most likely to finish with the most goals this season?