THE ROAD TO THE 2014 WHL PLAYOFFS
 

Calgary, AB – The 2013-14 Western Hockey League regular season is in its final two weeks of play before the post-season begins, with playoff spots and key playoff positioning still to be determined.

In the Western Conference, the Everett Silvertips and Vancouver Giants joined the Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks, Victoria Royals, Seattle Thunderbirds and the Spokane Chiefs among Clubs to have locked up playoff berths, leaving just one playoff spot unclaimed.

In the Eastern Conference, the Regina Pats joined the Edmonton Oil Kings, Calgary Hitmen and Medicine Hat Tigers among playoff-bound teams.

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

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

Games Remaining

1

X *Calgary Hitmen

66

44

15

3

4

95

6

2

X *Regina Pats

66

37

23

3

3

80

6

3

X Edmonton Oil Kings

65

45

17

2

1

93

7

4

X Medicine Hat Tigers

66

41

22

3

0

85

6

5

Kootenay Ice

66

37

25

2

2

78

6

6

Swift Current Broncos

67

34

24

3

6

77

5

7

Brandon Wheat Kings

67

31

27

6

3

71

5

8

Red Deer Rebels

66

31

30

1

4

67

6

9

Prince Albert Raiders

66

31

30

2

3

67

6

10

Moose Jaw Warriors

66

17

40

3

6

43

6

11

Saskatoon Blades

66

16

45

2

3

37

6

12

Lethbridge Hurricanes

67

12

50

2

3

29

5

The Calgary Hitmen took over first place in the Central Division and Eastern Conference standings thanks to their win in Brandon and Edmonton’s loss in Swift Current on Tuesday.  The Hitmen now sit two points up on the Oil Kings, with the Oil Kings holding one game in hand.  Both teams continue East Division road trips this week, with Calgary visiting Moose Jaw on Wednesday, Prince Albert on Friday and Saskatoon on Saturday and the Oil Kings in Regina on Wednesday, Brandon on Friday and Moose Jaw on Saturday.

The Regina Pats continue to lead the East Division, but saw their lead cut to three points over the Swift Current Broncos, thanks to the Broncos’ win over Edmonton on Tuesday.  The Pats host Edmonton on Wednesday before heading to Lethbridge and Kootenay on the weekend.

The Medicine Hat Tigers hold a comfortable seven-point lead over Kootenay and an eight-point lead on Swift Current for fourth place in the conference, and home-ice advantage through the first round of the playoffs.  The Tigers play all six of their remaining games versus Central Division opposition, including paying a visit to Kootenay on Saturday.

The Ice lost their last two outings, and now find themselves just one point up on Swift Current for fifth place in the conference.  Kootenay’s next three games are versus teams among the top four in the Eastern Conference.  The Ice can lock up a playoff berth with any combination of points gained or points dropped by Prince Albert or Red Deer totaling two.

The Swift Current Broncos have won three straight and five of their last six games, moving them to within three points of Regina for first place in the East Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.  The Broncos are on the road in Red Deer and Lethbridge this weekend before closing out their season next week with games against non-playoff Saskatoon and Moose Jaw.

The Brandon Wheat Kings currently hold a four-point cushion over both Red Deer and Prince Albert for seventh place in the conference, but have played one more game than the other two teams.  Brandon hosts Edmonton on Friday before a key meeting with the Raiders on Saturday. 

The Rebels and Raiders sit even on points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with both teams having six remaining games.  The teams don’t meet up again in the regular season.  The Rebels have the tougher schedule over the final two weeks with two games apiece versus Medicine Hat and Edmonton, and games against Kootenay and Swift Current.  The Raiders face the red-hot Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday, but face none-playoff Saskatoon twice more and 10th-placed Moose Jaw once more.

The Moose Jaw Warriors, Saskatoon Blades and Lethbridge Hurricanes have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

 

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

Games Remaining

1

X *Kelowna Rockets

66

52

10

0

4

108

6

2

X *Portland Winterhawks

65

47

13

2

3

99

7

3

X Victoria Royals

66

45

17

1

3

94

6

4

X Seattle Thunderbirds

65

39

20

2

4

84

7

5

X Spokane Chiefs

65

36

23

3

3

78

7

6

X Everett Silvertips

66

34

23

7

2

77

6

7

X Vancouver Giants

66

30

26

7

3

70

6

8

Tri-City Americans

65

28

29

3

5

64

7

9

Prince George Cougars

68

26

34

3

5

60

4

10

Kamloops Blazers

66

13

48

2

3

31

6

The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks both clinched their respective division titles over the last week, meaning they own the top two seeds in the Western Conference.  Meanwhile, the battle between Tri-Cities and Prince George for the final playoff berth in the Conference still rages.

The Rockets remain firmly in first place in the Western Conference standings, nine points ahead of the Portland Winterhawks.  Kelowna can clinch first place in the conference and overall WHL standings with any combination of points gained or points dropped by the Winterhawks totaling five.  Kelowna hosts Spokane on Wednesday and Tri-Cities on Saturday night.

The Winterhawks saw their amazing win streak snapped at 21 games on the weekend, but not before locking up the U.S. Division crown for a second consecutive season.  The Hawks’ chances of catching Kelowna for first place in the conference and overall WHL standings is slim, but not impossible for a team that has lost just twice since January 8th.  The Winterhawks visit Tri-Cities on Wednesday before hosting Seattle and Vancouver on the weekend.

The Victoria Royals are firmly entrenched in third place in the Western Conference, unable to catch the B.C. Division-leading Rockets yet a comfortable 10 points clear of fourth-placed Seattle.  Any combination of points gained or points dropped by the T-Birds totaling five will clinch third place for the Royals.  Victoria hosts 10th-placed Kamloops for a pair of games this weekend.

The Thunderbirds hold a six-point lead over Spokane for fourth spot in the conference, with both teams having seven remaining games.  Three of the T-Birds’ final seven games are versus the U.S. Division champion Portland Winterhawks, whose 21-game win streak they snapped on the weekend.

The Chiefs sit just one point ahead of Everett for sixth place in the Conference and also hold a game in hand on the Silvertips.  The teams meet up once more this season, next week in Spokane.  The Chiefs are in Kelowna on Wednesday to face the Rockets before heading to Prince George for two games versus the Cougars on the weekend.  The Silvertips play five of their six remaining games on the road, including trips to Victoria and Portland.

The Vancouver Giants hold a six-point lead over Tri-Cities for seventh place in the conference, and sit seven points back of Everett for sixth place.  The Giants face Kamloops on Wednesday before closing out their season with five games versus the top four teams in the conference.

The Americans sit four points up on Prince George in the race for the final available playoff berth in the west.  The Ams also have three games in hand on the Cougars, giving them the better odds of clinching that final playoff spot.  Any combination of points gained or points dropped by Prince George totaling five will guarantee the Ams a playoff berth. The Ams have a tough weekend in store, hosting U.S. Division winners Portland on Wednesday and red-hot Everett on Friday before visiting League-leading Kelowna on Saturday.  The Cougars host Spokane twice on the weekend before closing out their season with a home-and-home versus Kamloops next weekend.

The Kamloops Blazers have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

BOB CLARKE TROPHY RACE

Rank

Name

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

1

Mitch Holmberg

SPO

65

57

50

107

2

Nicolas Petan

POR

56

34

72

106

3

Oliver Bjorkstrand

POR

62

43

54

97

4

Sam Reinhart

KTN

54

34

60

94

5

Todd Fiddler

PG

62

45

47

92

6

Leon Draisaitl

PA

58

32

60

92

7

Jaedon Descheneau

KTN

64

39

49

88

8

Henrik Samuelsson

EDM

59

32

56

88

9

Graham Black

SC

64

30

58

88

 

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Victoria
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Swift Current
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Lethbridge
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Spokane
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Kamloops
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5
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