Alaska Moves Into First In The West Division

Going 3-0-0 on the road last week Alaska improved to 37-21-5 and moved into first place in the West Division, two points ahead of Victoria (36-21-5) and Idaho (34-22-9). Las Vegas is 40-11-12 and continues to lead the Pacific Division and the National Conference with 92 points.

The division winners in the National Conference will be seeded first and second in order of points with the next six teams seeded third through eighth in order of points. Teams will not be re-seeded and all series are best-of-seven games.

The Aces will visit Pacific Division and National Conference leader Las Vegas (40-11-12) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Alaska is 9-1-0 in its last 10 road games and 16-2-0 in its last 18 games overall while Las Vegas is 6-0-1 in its last seven home games and 11-2-5 in its last 18 games overall. The first three meetings this season were all decided in a shootout with the Aces winning 2-1 on Feb. 22, 4-3 on Feb. 23 and 3-2 on Feb. 24 to improve to 16-14-5 all-time against Las Vegas. The Wranglers have won the last five meetings at Las Vegas and are 19-12-4 all-time against Alaska.

Idaho returns home for games against Stockton on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday while Victoria will host Utah on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Steelheads are 2-0-0 at home and 2-3-0 overall this season and 10-8-2 all-time against the Thunder. The Salmon Kings are 1-0-2 at home and 3-1-2 overall this season and 12-9-2 all-time against the Grizzlies, who have won the last two meetings.

Phoenix is 4-0-1 in its last five games to improve to 22-33-8, five points ahead of Bakersfield for the last Kelly Cup Playoffs berth in the National Conference. The RoadRunners host Fresno, which is 36-17-8 and in second place in the conference with 80 points, on Tuesday and Thursday before traveling to Las Vegas on Sunday. Bakersfield hosts Stockton on Monday before traveling to Fresno on Friday and Saturday.

The Falcons have won the last five meetings with Phoenix to improve to 5-1-0 in the season series and 13-4-0 all-time against the RoadRunners. Fresno has also won its last five games against Bakersfield and is 5-1-1 in the season series and 20-14-8 all-time against the Condors, who are 22-12-8 all-time against the Falcons.