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2014 Playoff Tracker for March 25

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 9:42 AM
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2014 Playoff Tracker
2014 Playoff Tracker for March 25
The Stars picked up ground in the playoff race with their 2-1 win over Winnipeg Monday night, moving to within one point of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Stars have one game in hand on the Coyotes and hold the edge in the first tiebreaker, which is regulation/overtime wins (ROW), by a 31-29 margin.

The Coyotes lost 4-3 in overtime to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Monday night, but they lost more than just the game. They also lost goaltender Mike Smith to what appeared to be a leg injury in the third period. There was no word on the extent of the injury after the game, but an update could come Tuesday.

Both the Stars and Coyotes play Tuesday night. The Stars at Chicago and the Coyotes play at Pittsburgh. Thomas Greiss, who took over after Smith was hurt Monday night, will start in goal for the Coyotes, a start he was scheduled to make all along according to Phoenix coach Dave Tippett.

Winnipeg's loss to the Stars put another big dent in its already slim playoff hopes. The Jets are now seven points behind Phoenix and six points behind the Stars.

San Jose lost in a shootout to Calgary, but clinched a playoff spot with the point picked up in the game. The Sharks have made the playoffs ten straight seasons.

Tonight's other games

Colorado is at Nashville. The Avalanche are only three points behind Chicago for second place in the Central Division and they have one game in hand. With a win and a little help from the Stars, they could gain some ground on the Blackhawks Tuesday night. The Predators are still mathematically in the playoff race, but their chances of getting in are extremely remote.

The Sharks are at Edmonton. They have a two point lead over Anaheim for the top spot in the Pacific, but the Ducks have played two fewer games.

Playoff chances

The Stars playoff chances, according to those who put a number on these things, went up after Monday’s games.

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report puts the Stars' chances of making the playoffs at 64.0 percent, up from 59.5 percent the day before.

Sportsclubstats.com gives the Stars a 55.4 percent chance, up from 48.1 percent the previous day.

Western Conference Playoff Race

RK

CENTRAL DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-St. Louis

71

48

16

7

103

40

68

 

 @ TOR

2

Chicago

72

41

16

15

97

36

54

 

 vs. DAL

3

Colorado

71

44

21

6

94

41

22

 

 @ NSH

RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-San Jose

73

46

18

9

101

36

47

L 2-1 (SO) @ CGY

@ EDM
2

Anaheim

71

46

18

7

99

44

48

 

 

3

Los Angeles

72

41

25

6

88

34

26

 W 3-2 @ PHI

@ WSH
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

Minnesota

72

37

24

11

85

30

2

 

 

2

Phoenix

72

34

26

12

80

29

-6

 L 4-3 (OT) @ NYR

@ PIT

3

Dallas

71

34

26

11

79

31

-2

W 2-1 vs. WPG

@ CHI
4

Vancouver

73

33

30

10

76

28

-20

 

 

5

Winnipeg

73

32

32

9

73

26

-11

 L 2-1 at DAL

 

6

Nashville

72

31

31

10

72

30

-40

 

 vs. COL

x - clinched playoff spot

Playoff format

The playoff format this season has changed due to realignment. The playoffs are now divisional. In the first round, the division winner with the most points will play the wild card team with the fewest points. The division leader with the second-most points will play the wild card team with the most points. The second-place team in each division will play the third-place team in each division. The wild card teams will stay in the division they play in the first round.

For example, if the playoffs started today: The Central Division playoff would have St. Louis (division winner with most points) vs. Phoenix (wild card with fewest points) and Chicago vs. Colorado. The winner of St. Louis-Phoenix would play the winner of Chicago-Colorado in the division finals. The Pacific Division playoffs would have San Jose vs. Minnesota and Anaheim vs. Los Angeles. The winner of San Jose-Minnesota would play the winner of Anaheim-Los Angeles in the division finals.

The division champions would then play in the conference finals. There is no more reseeding of seeds after each round, it is bracket play leading up to the conference finals.

The Western and Eastern conference champions, of course, then play for the Stanley Cup.

Wild card playoff race schedules

 

1. Minnesota

2. Phoenix

3. Dallas

4. Vancouver

5. Winnipeg

6. Nashville

Points

85

80

79

76

73

72

ROW

30

29

31

28

26

30

Games Remaining

10

10

11

9

9

10

Home

5

5

4

6

3

5

Road

5

5

7

3

6

5

Mar 25

 

@ PIT

@CHI

 

 

vs. COL

Mar 26

vs. VAN

 

 

@ MIN

 

 

Mar 27

@ STL

@ NJD

 

@ COL

@ SJS

vs. BUF

Mar 28

 

 

vs. NSH

 

 

@ DAL

Mar 29

@ PHX

vs. MIN

@STL

vs. ANA

@ LAK

 

Mar 30

 

 

 

 

 

vs. WSH

Mar 31

@ LAK

 

 

 

@ ANA

 

Apr 1

 

vs. WPG

@ WSH

vs. NYR

@ PHX

 

Apr 2

 

@LAK

 

 

 

 

Apr 3

@ CHI

 

@ CAR

 

vs. PIT

 

Apr 4

 

vs. EDM

 

 

 

@ ANA

Apr 5

vs. PIT

 

@ TBL

vs. LAK

@ TOR

@ SJS

Apr 6

 

 

@ FLA

 

 

 

Apr 7

@ WPG

 

 

vs. ANA

vs. MIN

 

Apr 8

vs. BOS

@ CBJ

vs. NSH

 

 

@ DAL

Apr 9

 

 

vs. CBJ

 

 

 

Apr 10

vs. STL

@ NSH

 

vs. COL

vs. BOS

vs. PHX

Apr 11

 

 

vs. STL

 

@ CGY

 

Apr 12

 

vs. SJS

 

@ EDM

 

vs. CHI

Apr 13

vs. NSH

vs. DAL

@ PHX

vs. CGY

 

@ MIN

 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 8 7 1 0 29 15 14
2 NSH 7 5 0 2 19 13 12
3 LAK 7 5 1 1 17 10 11
4 CGY 9 5 3 1 25 19 11
5 DAL 7 4 1 2 24 22 10
6 CHI 6 4 1 1 18 10 9
7 SJS 8 4 3 1 27 25 9
8 VAN 7 4 3 0 23 24 8
9 EDM 8 3 4 1 23 32 7
10 MIN 5 3 2 0 12 4 6
11 COL 8 2 4 2 19 27 6
12 STL 6 2 3 1 13 13 5
13 ARI 6 2 3 1 16 24 5
14 WPG 7 2 5 0 13 20 4

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 7 5 6 3 11
J. Benn 7 5 4 4 9
J. Spezza 7 1 8 -1 9
T. Daley 7 3 3 -1 6
C. Eakin 7 2 2 2 4
A. Roussel 7 2 2 1 4
R. Garbutt 7 1 3 1 4
A. Goligoski 7 0 4 -1 4
E. Cole 6 3 0 0 3
S. Horcoff 7 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 0 2 .915 2.73
A. Lindback 0 1 0 .906 3.05
 
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