The NHL Western Conference Playoff race is among the tightest in recent history.
Every team in the conference, besides the Edmonton Oilers, has a realistic shot at the playoffs. Just seven points separates the eight place Chicago Blackhawks from the 14th place Columbus Blue Jackets.
After the two elite teams, Vancouver and Detroit, the rest of the playoff picture is pretty muddled.
Thus is the beauty of the National Hockey League. The playoff race in the Western Conference this season will be more dramatic than any other playoff race in sports.
Keep reading for the projected playoff seedings for the Western Conference.
And for Eastern Conference playoff predictions check out Matt Hunter's article.