March 24th West Playoff Race Update

The Stars say they're not quitting on this season. So I'm not going to quit on these updates, either.

Pos Team
W
L
OTL
GP
GR
Pts
PtPct
PrjPts
MaxPts
PtsRq'd
PtPctRq'd
1 San Jose
48
14
10
72
10
106
0.736
121
126
---
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2 Detroit
48
16
9
73
9
105
0.719
118
123
---
---
3 Calgary
42
24
6
72
10
90
0.625
103
110
---
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4 Chicago
38
22
11
71
11 87
0.613
100
109
1
0.032
5 Vancouver
38
24
9
71
11
85
0.599
98
107
3
0.112
6 Columbus
38
28
6
72
10
82
0.569
93
102
6
0.285
7 Edmonton
35
28
9
72
10
79
0.549
90
99
9
0.435
8 Nashville
35
30
7
72
10
77
0.535
88
97
11
0.535
9 Anaheim
35
31
6
72
10
76
0.528
87
96
12
0.585
10 Minnesota
34
30
8
72
10
76
0.528
87
96
12
0.585
11 St. Louis
33
30
9
72
10
75
0.521
85
95
13
0.635
12 Dallas
33
31
8
72
10
74
0.514
85
94
14
0.685
13 Los Angeles
30
32
10
72
10
70
0.486
80
90
18
0.885

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...

The Kings were probably out of this race by Sunday afternoon anyway. But just for good measure, the Chicago Blackhawks beat them, 4-1. For Chicago, the win allowed them to reclaim the fourth seed in the West.

And that's because a very charitable Vancouver Canucks squad lost in Phoenix, 5-1, the previous night. So charitable that they actually scored into their own net during a Phoenix delayed penalty (I'd link to the YouTube video, but I'm at work where YT is blocked).

Minnesota cooled Edmonton's heels with a 3-0 win at home. And from the 'Idiotic Scheduling' department, the Wild had just returned home from a road game at New Jersey on Friday only to go back east to play in New York tonight.

Anaheim beat Phoenix at home, 6-2. Apparently, they have yet to get the memo stating their playoff hopes ended when Sami Pahlsson, Travis Moen, Kent Huskins, and Chris Kunitz were traded.

Looking Ahead

The Stars are on life support. But they do have a three game homestand that starts tonight against the Canucks and continues on Thursday and Saturday with games against the Kings and Panthers, who are also fighting for one of the last playoff spots in the East. IF, by some minor miracle, they're able to sweep the homestand, they could put themselves right back in the race, simply because they have the easiest schedule amongst the five teams fighting for the 8th playoff spot.

As of now, I'd say Dallas needs at least 15 points out of a possible 20 to have a shot. But win three in a row, and that figure becomes 9 points out of a possible 14.

Still improbable. But then again, I thought my Liverpool Reds were out of the Premier League title race as recently as two weeks ago.

But I digress.

Tonight, the Wild take on the Rangers in New York, St. Louis hosts the Kings, Edmonton hosts the Red Wings, and Nashville hosts Anaheim. That last game is going to hurt the Stars no matter what since the Ducks are ahead of them in the standings and the Predators occupy the eighth seed. Still, root for the Preds, I suppose, because the Ducks play in Colorado the following night.

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