NHL Standings 2012: Western Conference Playoff Picture Is Cluttered With Two Games Remaining

The Chicago Blackhawks (44-26-10, 98 points) have clinched a spot in the NHL's Western Conference playoff bracket, but with two games left heading into Thursday's games, there is still the possibility they could improve upon their current position as the No. 6 seed. Chicago is just two points behind Nashville and three points behind Detroit, and their hold on the sixth seed is safe with the Coyotes trailing them by five points.

Here is an updated look at the NHL Western Conference playoff picture heading into Thursday's games:

WESTERN GP W L PTS
1 y - Vancouver Canucks 80 50 21 109
2 y - St. Louis Blues 80 48 21 107
3 Los Angeles Kings 80 40 27 93
4 x - Detroit Red Wings 80 48 27 101
5 x - Nashville Predators 80 46 26 100
6 x - Chicago Blackhawks 80 44 26 98
7 Phoenix Coyotes 80 40 27 93
8 San Jose Sharks 80 41 29 92

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