The traffic jam that is the Western Conference standings have not cleared up as many had thought they would by the deadline. The trade deadline is quickly approaching and with so many teams still in the hunt, it figures to either be a very interesting trading period or an extremely quiet one.
With eleven teams separated by a mere 10 points, and just 4 points separating the 3rd seed from 10th the West is wide open.
Outside of the Detroit Red Wings, and the machine that is the Vancouver Canucks very little can be taken for granted in the West. Predicting what teams will make it to the playoffs and who won't is a lesson in futility.
Every game in the Western Conference matters, every point and every shift is vital for teams looking to make some noise in the playoffs.
Here then is a look at who the hottest teams are in the Western Conference.