March 21st West Playoff Update

Losing two games to start this crucial three game road trip was bad enough for Dallas. What made it worse is six games involving the teams the Stars are battling with were the dreaded "three point" games that were either decided in OT or the Shootout. And since the Stars losses to Vancouver and Calgary were in regulation, Dallas lost ground to every team ahead of them in the standings.

Pos Team
W
L
OTL
GP
GR
Pts
PtPct
PrjPts
MaxPts
PtsRq'd
PtPctRq'd
1 Detroit
48
15
9
72
10
105
0.729
120
125
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2 San Jose
46
14
10
70
12
102
0.729
119
126
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3 Calgary
41
24
6
71
11
88
0.620
102
110
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4 Vancouver
38
23
9
70
12
85
0.607
100
109
3
0.112
5 Chicago
37
22
11
70
12
85
0.607
100
109
3
0.112
6 Columbus
37
28
6
71
11
80
0.563
92
102
8
0.350
7 Edmonton
35
27
9
71
11
79
0.556
91
101
9
0.395
8 Nashville
35
30
7
72
10
77
0.535
88
97
11
0.535
9 St. Louis
33
30
9
72
10
75
0.521
85
95
13
0.635
10 Anaheim
34
31
6
71
11
74
0.521
85
96
14
0.622
11 Dallas
33
30
8
71
11
74
0.521
85
96
14
0.622
12 Minnesota
33
30
8
71
11
74
0.521
85
96
14
0.622
13 Los Angeles
30
31
10
71
11
70
0.493
81
92
18
0.804

Stars Tiebreakers With Other Teams:

  • Anaheim - Lead season series, 7 points to 5 points with 1 game to play - Tied in goal differential -11 to -11
  • Columbus - Won season series, 7 points to 4 points
  • Edmonton - Tied season series at 2-2 - Lead in goal differential -14 to -17
  • Los Angeles - Trail season series, 7 points to 4 with 2 games to play - Lead goal differential -11 to -20
  • Minnesota - Won season series (Currently 6 points to 1 point with 1 game to play)
  • Nashville - Tied season series at 2-2 - Lead in goal differential -11 to -14
  • St. Louis - Lost season series (STL leads 6 points to 0 with 1 game to play)
  • Vancouver - Lead season series, 4 points to 3 with 1 game to play - Trail goal differential +19 to -14

Since out last update...

...Edmonton had two games in hand on Dallas and had leapfrogged the Stars after a 2-1 shootout win over St. Louis. Well, after drilling the Colorado Avalanche, 8-1, on Thursday and defeating the Blackhawks in a shootout in Chicago last night, they've firmly entrenched themselves in the 7th seed.

Likewise, the Nashville Predators put a little distance between themselves and the teams that are currently on the outside looking in by beating the the Kings on Monday night then following it up with back to back shootout losses to the Ducks on Wednesday night on Wednesday night and to the Sharks on Thursday night.

The Blues stayed in the race by rallying to beat the Flames last night after becoming the 11th consecutive team to lose to the Canucks at GM Place on Thursday.

And the Kings are barely hanging on after splitting the first two games of their season-long six game road trip. Thursday night, they overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Bruins in OT, before dropping a 4-1 decision to Pittsburgh last night.

As for the Wild, they were shutout by the Devils, 4-0, and are in the same boat as the Dallas Stars. Literally. With an identical 33-30-8 mark.

Looking Ahead

Obviously, the Stars have a big game in San Jose this afternoon. The four teams ahead of them in the standings are actually all off today, a rarity for a Saturday in the NHL. That's probably in deference to the NCAA Tournament.

Tomorrow night, Phoenix visits Anaheim while Minnesota hosts Edmonton.

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