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Day of the Drunken Irish West Playoff Race Update

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First, the standings and how the Stars stand with the tiebreakers:

Pos Team W L OTL GP GR Pts PtPct PrjPts MaxPts PtsRq'd PtPctRq'd
1 Detroit 46 15 9 70 12 101 0.721 118 125 --- ---
2 San Jose 45 13 10 68 14 100 0.735 121 128 --- ---
3 Calgary 40 23 6 69 13 86 0.623 102 112 2 0.075
4 Chicago 37 20 9 66 16 83 0.629 103 115 5 0.154
5 Vancouver 36 23 9 68 14 81 0.596 98 109 7 0.248
6 Columbus 36 27 6 69 13 78 0.565 93 104 10 0.382
7 Nashville 35 30 5 70 12 75 0.536 88 99 13 0.539
8 Dallas 33 28 8 69 13 74 0.536 88 100 14 0.536
9 Edmonton 32 27 9 68 14 73 0.537 88 101 15 0.534
10 Minnesota 32 29 8 69 13 72 0.522 86 98 16 0.613
11 St. Louis 32 29 8 69 13 72 0.522 86 98 16 0.613
12 Anaheim 32 30 6 68 14 70 0.515 84 98 18 0.641
13 Los Angeles 29 30 10 69 13 68 0.493 81 94 20 0.767

Stars Tiebreakers With Other Teams:

  • Anaheim - Lead season series, 7 points to 5 points with 1 game to play - Trail in goal differential -10 to -11
  • Columbus - Won season series, 7 points to 4 points
  • Edmonton - Tied season series at 2-2 - Lead in goal differential -11 to -18
  • 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 1 with 2 games to play - Trail goal differential +15 to -11

After Saturday's OT win over Minnesota, the Stars were 7th. Now, they're 8th by virtue of Nashville's 4-3 win over Los Angeles last night, their 8th in their last 11.

The Stars did get some help on Sunday from St. Louis and San Jose, though, to guarantee they'll still be in the 8th seed by the time they drop the puck in Vancouver tonight.

The Blues win was important not so much because it was against Minnesota, but because it was settled in regulation, where the dreaded three point game couldn't come into play.

San Jose, meanwhile, got all the offense it needed when Travis Moen scored against his former mates in the second period. Evgeni Nabakov made that goal stand up as the game winner with 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

So that's where we stand now. How will it all shake out?

Well, James T. O'Brien of BoC has his own playoff projection that he did yesterday. On Goal Analysis also has their own West Playoff Projection where they say Dallas will get in on the final night of the regular season against an Anaheim Ducks team that will have already been eliminated three games earlier.

Suffice to say, that prospect kind of worries me despite some of the success the Stars have had in Anaheim not only this season, but in previous seasons.