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2017-18 NHL Western Conference Standing & Playoff Predictions
Published: 2017/09/19
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Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 6. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
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NHL Top 10 Plays of the Western Conference Finals 6/2/2014
Published: 2014/06/02
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Gym Class Heroes and NHL Western Conference
Published: 2012/04/10
Channel: NHL
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 1. (HD)
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 1. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
NHL 2017-18 Western Conference Predictions
NHL 2017-18 Western Conference Predictions
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: MJMADNESS!
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NHL Top 10 Hits of 2009 - Western Conference
Published: 2010/01/05
Channel: NHL
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Nashville Predators Win 2017 NHL Western Conference | Best Fans In The League
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: Marcel Patillo
Western Conference Playoff Prediction 17-18 NHL
Western Conference Playoff Prediction 17-18 NHL
Published: 2017/10/05
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2017-18 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTION!
2017-18 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTION!
Published: 2017/10/04
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Cartman LA Kings- Game 3 Western Conference NHL Finals 2014 vs The Chicago Blackhawks
Published: 2014/05/26
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2017-18 NHL Western Conference Standings Predictions
2017-18 NHL Western Conference Standings Predictions
Published: 2017/09/28
Channel: Top Shelf Hockey
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2016-2017 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTION!
Published: 2016/08/15
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Nickelback and NHL Western Conference
Published: 2012/05/11
Channel: NHL
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Nhl western conference teams portrayed by spongebob
Published: 2017/12/30
Channel: Homie Gopher
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NHL on FOX Game 6 1998 Western Conference Quarterfinal DET @ PHX
Published: 2013/08/26
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NHL 2017 - 2018 Western Conference Preview
NHL 2017 - 2018 Western Conference Preview
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: Bobby Drexler
NHL Top 10 Saves of 2009 - Western Conference
NHL Top 10 Saves of 2009 - Western Conference
Published: 2010/01/05
Channel: NHL
NHL Best of 2009 - Western Conference
NHL Best of 2009 - Western Conference
Published: 2010/01/05
Channel: NHL
NHL PLAYOFFS - WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS - DUCKS / BLUES - QUINNBOYSTV
NHL PLAYOFFS - WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS - DUCKS / BLUES - QUINNBOYSTV
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: QuinnBoysTV
2006 NHL Western Conference Finals Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks GAME 5 (period 3)
2006 NHL Western Conference Finals Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks GAME 5 (period 3)
Published: 2012/11/05
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Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 4. (HD)
Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 4. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
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Justin's 2017-18 NHL Western Conference Standing Predictions
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: Post2Post
NHL Top 10 of Goals of 2009 - Western Conference
NHL Top 10 of Goals of 2009 - Western Conference
Published: 2010/01/05
Channel: NHL
Nashville Predators advance to the Western Conference Finals - 2017 NHL Playoffs
Nashville Predators advance to the Western Conference Finals - 2017 NHL Playoffs
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: Jack Mullet Hockey Show
Dierks Bentley - Sharks vs. Canucks in the 2011 NHL Western Conference Finals
Dierks Bentley - Sharks vs. Canucks in the 2011 NHL Western Conference Finals
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: NHL
1993 NHL Conference Finals Kings Maple Leafs Playoffs
1993 NHL Conference Finals Kings Maple Leafs Playoffs
Published: 2006/10/27
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2016-2017 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTION!
2016-2017 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTION!
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: donnybrah YT
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 5. (HD)
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 5. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
NHL Futures Odds: Playoffs In The Eastern And Western Conferences
NHL Futures Odds: Playoffs In The Eastern And Western Conferences
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: SBR Sportsbook Review
Western Conference Standings Predictions  (NHL)
Western Conference Standings Predictions (NHL)
Published: 2017/09/19
Channel: The Sports Guy
2011-2012 NHL Season Predictions: Western Conference
2011-2012 NHL Season Predictions: Western Conference
Published: 2011/10/21
Channel: 2BCProductions
Top 5 Moments of the NHL Conference Finals
Top 5 Moments of the NHL Conference Finals
Published: 2015/06/02
Channel: The NHL Flash
NHL Playoff Picks: Western Conference Preview
NHL Playoff Picks: Western Conference Preview
Published: 2014/04/15
Channel: SBR Sportsbook Review
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 2. (HD)
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 2. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
2016-17 NHL Western Conference Standings predictions
2016-17 NHL Western Conference Standings predictions
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: Connor McMatthews
NHL Fantasy Fix: Western Conference Playoff Pool Picks
NHL Fantasy Fix: Western Conference Playoff Pool Picks
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: SPORTSNET
Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 3. (HD)
Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Western Conference Final. Game 3. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
NHL Division Predictions: Western Conference 2012-13
NHL Division Predictions: Western Conference 2012-13
Published: 2012/08/01
Channel: I Like Grunge
2010 nhl playoffs western conference predictions
2010 nhl playoffs western conference predictions
Published: 2010/04/14
Channel: mostlysunny117
NHL Teams Western Conference
NHL Teams Western Conference
Published: 2010/05/16
Channel: oheao
NHL Western Conference Preview
NHL Western Conference Preview
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: Nicholas Veronesi
NHL Playoffs Western Conference Picks
NHL Playoffs Western Conference Picks
Published: 2009/04/15
Channel: Awwscrewit
NHL 17 Playoff Mode - Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals game 3 Ducks @ Predators
NHL 17 Playoff Mode - Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals game 3 Ducks @ Predators
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Double-M
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Eastern Conference Final. Game 1. (HD)
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins. NHL 2017 Playoffs. Eastern Conference Final. Game 1. (HD)
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: NHL Game Recaps
NHL 2016-17 WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTIONS!
NHL 2016-17 WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS PREDICTIONS!
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: MJMADNESS!
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PREDICTING THE WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS NHL
Published: 2017/09/18
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Western Conference NHL Predictions 2013/2014
Western Conference NHL Predictions 2013/2014
Published: 2013/09/30
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NHL Playoff Predictions (Round 1): Western Conference
Published: 2011/04/11
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NHL: Sharks - Red Wings Handshake 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals
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Western Conference
NHL Western Conference.svg
Western Conference logo, circa 2006
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1974 (as the Clarence Campbell Conference)
Teams
No. of teams 15
Most recent Western Conference champion(s) Nashville Predators
French version of the Western Conference logo

The Western Conference (French: Conférence de l'Ouest) is one of two conferences in the National Hockey League (NHL) used to divide teams. Its counterpart is the Eastern Conference. Previously known as the Clarence Campbell Conference (or Campbell Conference), it was created in 1974 when the NHL realigned its teams into two conferences and four divisions. Because the new conferences and divisions had little to do with North American geography, geographical references were removed. The conferences and divisions were re-aligned in 1981 to better reflect the geographical locations of the teams, but the existing names were retained with the Campbell Conference becoming the conference for the NHL's westernmost teams.

The names of conferences and divisions were changed in 1993 to reflect their geographic locations. Then-new NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the change to help non-hockey fans better understand the game, as the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and Major League Baseball all use geographic-based names for their conferences and divisions. However, the trophy awarded to the conference champion, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, retains some connection to the heritage of the league. In 2005, following the lockout, the league changed the Western Conference logo (along with the Eastern Conference and NHL logos) to its current form.

Divisions[edit]

The Campbell Conference originally consisted of the Patrick Division and the Smythe Division. The 1981 realignment moved the Patrick Division to the Prince of Wales Conference and added that conference's Norris Division instead. When the names of conferences and divisions were changed in 1993, the Western Conference's divisions became the Central and Pacific. Realignment in 1998 added a third division, the Northwest.

The Northwest Division was dissolved in 2013. Its American teams joined the Central, while the Canadian teams returned to the Pacific. With this 2013 realignment, the Central Division is based almost entirely in the Central Time Zone (the only exception being the Colorado Avalanche, who are in the Mountain Time Zone), and the Pacific Division is based entirely within the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

On June 22, 2016, the NHL awarded Las Vegas an expansion team that began play in 2017, and thus brought the total of Western Conference teams to 15.

Pacific Division Central Division
Anaheim Ducks Chicago Blackhawks
Arizona Coyotes Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers Minnesota Wild
Los Angeles Kings Nashville Predators
San Jose Sharks St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks Winnipeg Jets
Vegas Golden Knights

Champions and playoffs[edit]

The NHL's playoff system has changed over the years. Prior to 1982, the NHL had a unique playoff system compared to the NFL, NBA. and MLB. Playoff teams were seeded regardless of conference.[1] As a result, two teams from the same conference could meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, as happened in 1977, 1978, and 1980. Under this system, the Campbell Conference champion, and therefore the winner of the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, was the team that finished with the best regular season record in the conference.

Ever since the introduction of the Conference Finals in 1982, the Campbell Bowl has been presented to the Campbell/Western Conference playoff champions.

In the playoff system introduced in 1982, the top four teams in each division made the playoffs. The first-round winners met in the Division Finals, and the division final winners met in the conference finals. In this format, the division standings tended to be very static. In the Norris Division for example, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues never missed the postseason under this format while the Detroit Red Wings only missed four times. In the Smythe Division, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers made the playoffs every year while the original Winnipeg Jets only missed twice. In both cases, this usually left the other two teams to fight it out for the last playoff spot. In most years, this format resulted in the strongest teams during the regular season being forced to meet in the first or second round rather than the Conference Finals. For instance, in 1985, Winnipeg finished with the fourth-best record in the entire league, only to be forced to meet fifth-best Calgary in the first round before losing to second-best Edmonton in the division finals.

Since 1994, the top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, with the division winners being guaranteed the top seeds (top two from 1994 to 1998 and since 2014, top three from 1999 to 2013) and home ice in the first round regardless of record. Unique between 1994 and 1998, a series involving a Central Division team and a Pacific Division team was a 2–3–2 rotation instead of the normal 2–2–1–1–1 format, with the higher seeded team having the option of starting play at home or on the road.

A new playoff format was introduced as part of the 2013 realignment. Under the new postseason system that was first used during the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, the top three teams in each division make the playoffs, with 2 wild-cards in each conference (for a total of 8 playoff teams from each conference).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Stanley Cup Playoff Formats". NHL.com. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  2. ^ Dan Rosen (March 14, 2013). "Realignment plan approved by Board of Governors". NHL.com. 

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