NHL Western Conference Standings Right Now
The up to date NHL Western Conference standings will be found here and one thing you will notice immediately is the closeness of the teams in the conference.
For instances, during the 2015-16 NHL season, just seven points separated first from fifth overall in the Western Conference and each of those teams garnered at least 102 points. In 2014-15, eight points was the difference between first and sixth in the conference and a team required 97 points just to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
The Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks all won 40 games during the 2014-15 campaign and failed to earn a playoff position.
How To Win At Western Conference Betting
The NHL's Western Conference has produced a couple of teams that could make their case for what could be termed a dynasty during the NHL's salary cap era. The Chicago Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups between 2010-15 (2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15) and the Los Angeles Kings won a pair of Cups between 2011-12 and 2013-14.
When they were still situated in the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings were the last team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
For the most part, you should expect close, low-scoring games when Western Conference teams meet. Several of the NHL's top best defensive teams reside in the West.
That being said, you can also find a variety of hockey styles prevalent in the Western Conference. The Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars are teams capable of scoring goals by the bushel full. The Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames, though, are clubs built more around the strategy of playing solid defense first and foremost.
The Western Conference is also loaded with some of the NHL's top scorers, from Edmonton's Connor McDavid to Chicago's Patrick Kane, as well as San Jose's Joe Pavelski and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues.