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2014 Playoff Tracker for March 28

Friday, 03.28.2014 / 10:56 AM
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2014 Playoff Tracker
2014 Playoff Tracker for March 28

The Dallas Stars will head into tonight's game against the Nashville Predators five points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have two games in hand on the Coyotes, who played Thursday night and defeated New Jersey, 3-2, in a shootout. The Coyotes picked up five of six points on their three-game road trip.

Despite the five point deficit, the Stars still control their destiny because of the two games in hand and the head-to-head matchup with Phoenix on the final day of the regular season.  The Coyotes, of course, control their own destiny in the race as well because of their current lead and that final game.  The Stars need points tonight against Nashville to keep pace in the race.

The Coyotes pulled to within one point of Minnesota, which holds the first wild card spot in the West. The Wild lost, 5-1, at St. Louis Thursday. Minnesota is 1-3-1 in the last five games and 3-5-4 since the trade deadline. The Wild have a tough schedule ahead with road games at Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago to round out this current road trip. There also are home games against Pittsburgh, Boston and St. Louis on the down the stretch. The Stars are six points behind the Wild with two games in hand. The Wild are no lock as far as securing a playoff spot, and the Stars are chasing them as well. Minnesota plays at Phoenix Saturday, so we'll see where things stand after that.

Vancouver picked up a point in a shootout loss to Colorado Thursday. The Canucks are tied with Dallas at 79 points, but the Stars have three games in hand. The Canucks aren't dead, but their chances took another hit when they weren't able to get two point last night.

With the win, Colorado moved to within one point of Chicago for the second spot in the Central Division, and the Avalanche have a game in hand. Chicago lost 3-0 at Boston in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Final.

San Jose lost, 4-3, to Winnipeg. The Sharks remain two points ahead of Anaheim for the top spot in the Pacific and the Ducks have two games in hand on the Sharks.

The Kings, who are locked into the third spot in the Pacific, won their fifth straight game with a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh.

Winnipeg and Nashville both won Thursday, but with Phoenix winning again both the Jets and Predators were pushed a little closer to mathematical elimination.

Tonight's games

Anaheim can take over first in the Pacific with a win at Edmonton on Friday.

Chicago plays at Edmonton and has a chance to increase its lead over Colorado for second place in the Central Division.

Playoff chances

The chances of the Stars making the playoffs were mixed - both up and down - after Thursday's games.

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report gives the Stars a 51.9 percent chance of getting in, up from 50.1 percent chance the day before.

Sportsclubstats.com gives the Stars a 37.4 chance, down from 40.1 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 73 50 16 7 107 42 74 W 5-1 vs. MIN  
2

Chicago

74 42 17 15 99 37 53 L 3-0 @ BOS @ OTT
3

Colorado

73 46 21 6 98 42 24 W 3-2 (OT) vs. VAN  
RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-San Jose

75 47 19 9 103 37 49

L 4-3 vs. WPG

 
2

x-Anaheim

72 47 18 7 101 45 49  

@ EDM

3

Los Angeles

74 43 25 6 92 35 28

W 3-2 @ PIT

 
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

Minnesota

74 37 26 11 85 30 -5

L 5-1 @ STL

 
2

Phoenix

74 36 26 12 84 30 -4

W 3-2 (SO) @NJD

 
3

Dallas

72 34 27 11 79 31 -4

 

vs. NSH
4

Vancouver

75 34 30 11 79 29 -18

L 3-2 (OT) @ COL

 
5

Nashville

74 32 31 11 75 31 -36

W 6-1 vs. BUF

@ DAL
6

Winnipeg

74 33 32 9 75 27 -10 W 4-3 vs. SJS  
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. Nashville

6. Winnipeg

Points

85

84

79

79

75

75

ROW

30

30

31

29

31

27

Games Remaining

8

8

10

7

8

8

Home

4

5

4

6

3

3

Road

4

3

6

1

5

5

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

@ SJS

@ TOR

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. PHX

vs. BOS

Apr 11

 

 

vs. STL

 

 

@ CGY

Apr 12

 

vs. SJS

 

@ EDM

vs. CHI

 

Apr 13

vs. NSH

vs. DAL

@ PHX

vs. CGY

@ MIN

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 7 6 1 0 25 14 12
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 CHI 6 4 1 1 18 10 9
6 SJS 8 4 3 1 27 25 9
7 VAN 6 4 2 0 20 17 8
8 DAL 6 3 1 2 21 20 8
9 MIN 5 3 2 0 12 4 6
10 STL 6 2 3 1 13 13 5
11 ARI 6 2 3 1 16 24 5
12 EDM 7 2 4 1 17 29 5
13 WPG 6 2 4 0 11 16 4
14 COL 7 1 4 2 12 24 4

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 6 5 5 3 10
J. Benn 6 4 4 4 8
J. Spezza 6 1 7 -1 8
T. Daley 6 3 3 -2 6
A. Roussel 6 2 2 3 4
R. Garbutt 6 1 3 2 4
E. Cole 5 3 0 0 3
C. Eakin 6 2 1 3 3
S. Horcoff 6 0 3 1 3
A. Goligoski 6 0 3 -2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 3 0 2 .913 2.92
A. Lindback 0 1 0 .906 3.05
 
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