|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 2013-14 Western Hockey League regular season has entered the stretch run, with four weeks left to play before the post-season begins.
In the Western Conference, the Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks, Victoria Royals and Seattle Thunderbirds have all locked up playoff berths.
In the Eastern Conference, the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen have both clinched at least a tiebreaker for a playoff spot.
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, *denoted Division leader
1). *Edmonton Oil Kings 57gp-41-14-1-1, 84pts (15 games remaining)
2). *Regina Pats 59gp-31-22-3-3, 68pts (13 games remaining)
3). Calgary Hitmen 60gp-39-15-3-3, 84pts (12 games remaining)
4). Medicine Hat Tigers 59gp-36-20-3-0, 75pts (13 games remaining)
5). Kootenay Ice 59gp-33-22-2-2, 70pts (13 games remaining)
6). Swift Current Broncos 60gp-29-23-2-6, 66pts (12 games remaining)
7). Brandon Wheat Kings 60gp-28-24-6-2, 64pts (12 games remaining)
8). Red Deer Rebels 60gp-28-28-1-3, 60pts (12 games remaining)
9). Prince Albert Raiders 59gp-27-28-2-2, 58pts (13 games remaining)
10). Moose Jaw Warriors 58gp-15-34-3-6, 39pts (14 games remaining)
11). Saskatoon Blades 60gp-16-39-2-3, 37pts (12 games remaining)
12). Lethbridge Hurricanes 61gp-12-44-2-3, 29pts (11 games remaining)
The Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen sit tied on points for first place in the Central Division and Eastern Conference, with the Oil Kings owning the tiebreaker with more victories. The Regina Pats took over first place in the East Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Oil Kings and Hitmen, deadlocked atop the Central Division and Eastern Conference, each need just one more point or for Prince Albert to drop one more point to clinch playoff spots. The Oil Kings hold three games in hand on the Hitmen in the race for the division and conference titles, with the teams having just one more head-to-head meeting remaining.
The Regina Pats earned seven of a possible eight points from their last four games, moving them two points up on Swift Current and four up on Brandon for first place in the East Division. The Pats visit Saskatoon on Wednesday before tough games versus the Victoria Royals and Calgary Hitmen this weekend.
The Medicine Hat Tigers won all three games they played last week, keeping them five points ahead of the Kootenay Ice for a top-four spot in the conference. The Tigers are in Kootenay on Wednesday before taking on non-playoff teams Lethbridge and Moose Jaw on the weekend.
The Ice skated to back-to-back wins in Brandon on the weekend, giving them 12 wins through their last 14 games. One more win will guarantee the Ice a .500 or better finish for a WHL-record 15th consecutive season. The Ice host the Tigers on Wednesday before a weekend home-and-home set versus Spokane.
The Broncos lost two of three games last week, dropping them to second place in the East Division and sixth place in the conference. The Broncos are on the road this weekend in Edmonton and Red Deer.
The Wheat Kings have dropped six straight games, leaving them four points out of first place in the East Division. Brandon plays three home games this week, hosting Victoria on Wednesday, Calgary on Friday and Moose Jaw on Saturday.
The Red Deer Rebels fell to Saskatoon and Calgary on the weekend as they saw their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference dwindle to just two points over the Prince Albert Raiders, who picked up five of eight points over the last week. The Raiders also hold a game in hand on the Rebels. Red Deer hosts Edmonton, Vancouver and Swift Current this week while the Raiders kick off a five-game U.S. Division road trip on Wednesday.
The Moose Jaw Warriors sit 21 points out of a playoff spot, while the Saskatoon Blades and Lethbridge Hurricanes have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
1). X *Kelowna Rockets 58gp-46-8-0-4, 96pts (14 games remaining)
2). X *Portland Winterhawks 60gp-43-12-2-3, 91pts (12 games remaining)
3). X Victoria Royals 61gp-41-16-1-3, 86pts (11 games remaining)
4). X Seattle Thunderbirds 60gp-37-18-2-3, 79pts (12 games remaining)
5). Spokane Chiefs 59gp-34-20-3-2, 73pts (13 games remaining)
6). Vancouver Giants 61gp-28-23-7-3, 66pts (11 games remaining)
7). Everett Silvertips 59gp-28-23-7-1, 64pts (13 games remaining)
8). Tri-City Americans 59gp-27-26-3-3, 60pts (13 games remaining)
9). Prince George Cougars 63gp-25-30-3-5, 58pts (9 games remaining)
10). Kamloops Blazers 60gp-12-43-2-3, 29pts (12 games remaining)
The Portland Winterhawks, Victoria Royals and Seattle Thunderbirds all clinched playoff spots over the past week, joining the Kelowna Rockets among playoff-bound teams out west.
The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks continue to occupy the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the Western Conference as division leaders, each holding at least a 10-point cushion for their respective division leads.
The Winterhawks have cut the gap to just five points with Kelowna for first place in the Western Conference and first place in the overall WHL standings, thanks to their current 17-game winning streak. However, the Rockets still hold two games in hand on the Winterhawks.
Kelowna, who is riding a three-game win streak, takes on Tri-Cities on Wednesday before heading to Prince George for a pair of weekend contests. The Winterhawks will look to keep their franchise-record win streak going when they host Kamloops and Prince Albert and visit Everett on the weekend.
The Victoria Royals sit comfortably in third place in the Western Conference, seven points clear of Seattle. The Royals continue their trek through the East Division this week, looking to build on their eight-game road winning streak.
The Seattle Thunderbirds continue to hold a six-point lead over Spokane for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in what could be a first-round playoff match-up between the U.S. Division rivals. The T-Birds visit Everett on Friday before hosting Kamloops on Saturday, while Spokane hosts Prince Albert on Wednesday before a home-and-home set versus Kootenay on the weekend.
The Vancouver Giants occupy sixth place in the conference with a two-point lead over the Everett Silvertips, and sit eight points clear for a playoff spot. The Giants are on the road in Alberta this week while the Silvertips face U.S. Division rivals Seattle, Tri-Cities and Portland on the weekend.
The Tri-City Americans hold a two-point lead over the Prince George Cougars for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and have four games in hand on the Cougars. Looking to snap a three-game losing skid, the Ams visit Kelowna on Wednesday before hosting Prince Albert and Everett on the weekend.
The Cougars face a tough uphill climb to make the playoffs as they sit two points back of the Ams and have the fewest number of games remaining of any team in the WHL. Things won’t be easy for the Cougars over final weeks of February as they play their next three games versus the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets followed by a pair of games versus the playoff-bound Victoria Royals.
The Kamloops Blazers have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
BOB CLARKE TROPHY RACE
1. Nic Petan, POR 51gp-32g-70a-102pts
2. Mitch Holmberg, SPO 59gp-51g-49a-100pts
3. Oliver Bjorkstrand, POR 57gp-41g-50a-91pts
4. Sam Reinhart, KTN 47gp-31g-53a-84pts
5. Todd Fiddler, P.G. 57gp-40g-43a-83pts
6. Jaedon Descheneau, KTN 57gp-37g-45a-82pts
7. Josh Winquist, EVT 54gp-38g-41a-79pts
8. Leon Draisaitl, P.A. 51gp-26g-51a-77pts
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