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April 2nd West Playoff Race Update

Heh, I guess an intro to this post would help, right?

Anyway, as Brandon mentioned before, the Stars tragic number is 4. Since Nashville is off tonight, the Stars can't officially be eliminated from the playoffs until tomorrow night at the earliest.

A loss tonight to the Flames and a Blues win in Detroit would knock that sucker down to one though.

On to the update.

Since the Last Update

San Jose pulled four points clear of Detroit, who was in the first day of a stretch of three consecutive days off, in the race for the President's Trophy with a 2-1 win over Calgary Monday night.

Tuesday night saw plenty of action as Vancouver pulled ahead of Calgary in the Northwest Division with a 2-1 OT win over Minnesota to close out their six-game roadtrip with a 4-2 mark. Four out of the Canucks' last six games are at home, where they haven't lost since January 31st.

Chicago missed a chance to solidify their hold on the 4th seed by dropping a 4-1 decision to Montreal. Though they came back last night and beat the Blues, 3-1, in a game where Nikolai Khabibulin came within less than two seconds of shutout.

Columbus beat Nashville, 2-1, to get a little separation between themselves and the scrum of teams currently fighting for spots 7 and 8.

And in the biggest game of Tuesday night, Anaheim got retribution for their home loss last Friday to the Oilers by turning the tables and beating Edmonton, 5-3, up at Rexall Place.


Looking Ahead

  • Tonight's slate is chock full of big games as St. Louis travels to Detroit, Calgary visits Dallas (of course), Edmonton hosts San Jose, and Vancouver hosts Anaheim.
  • Tomorrow night's schedule is a little lighter as Minnesota hosts Calgary and Chicago hosts Nashville.