2014 Playoff Tracker for March 29

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2014 Playoff Tracker

The Stars gained important ground in the playoff race with their 7-3 win over Nashville Friday night. They are within three points of Phoenix and four of Minnesota, the two teams currently holding the two wild card spots in the Western Conference. The Stars still have one game in hand on both those teams.

Saturday is a big night in the race. The Stars play at St. Louis on the second night of a back-to-back, which is going to be a tough task. The Stars play their next five on the road, where they have struggled since the Olympic break. They'll need to get that sorted out.

The Coyotes and Wild meet in Phoenix, so one of those two teams will get two points and if it goes to OT than both teams get points. It's easy to focus on Phoenix since they are the team right ahead of the Stars and the two teams meet in the season finale, but the Wild are struggling and have the toughest schedule down the stretch. The Stars are chasing both of them. We’ll see which one is in the final spot after tonight, but the best outcome for the Stars would be that the game end in regulation so only one team gets points.

Anaheim lost in overtime in Edmonton, moving the Ducks to within one point of San Jose for the Pacific Division lead.

Chicago lost 5-3 at Ottawa. The Blackhawks are just one point ahead of Colorado in the race for the second spot in the Central and the Avs have two games in hand. Home-ice in the first round is at stake here.

Tonight's other key games

Colorado hosts San Jose. The Avalanche can take over second in the Central with one point in the game. The Sharks are in a battle with Anaheim for the top spot in the Pacific. The Ducks, who are one point behind San Jose with two games in hand, are at Vancouver. The Canucks are still in the playoff race, but they are running out of games. They only have seven left and they are five points out.

Playoff chances

The chances of the Stars making the playoffs were up after Friday’s win, according to the sites that calculate these things.

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report says the Stars have a 56.5 percent chance of making the playoffs, up from 51.9 percent the day before.

Sportsclubstats.com gives the Stars a 45.8 percent chance, up from 37.4 yesterday. 

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   vs. DAL
2

Chicago

75 42 18 15 99 37 51 L 5-3 @ OTT  
3

Colorado

73 46 21 6 98 42 24   vs. SJS
RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-San Jose

75 47 19 9 103 37 49   @ COL
2

x-Anaheim

73 47 18 8 102 45 48 L 4-3 (OT) @ EDM @ VAN
3

Los Angeles

74 43 25 6 92 35 28   vs. WPG
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

Minnesota

74 37 26 11 85 30 -5   @ PHX
2

Phoenix

74 36 26 12 84 30 -4   vs. MIN
3

Dallas

73 35 27 11 81 32 0

W 7-3 vs. NSH

@ STL
4

Vancouver

75 34 30 11 79 29 -18   vs. ANA
5

Winnipeg

74 33 32 9 75 27 -10   @ LA
6

Nashville

75 32 32 11 75 31 -40 L 7-3 @ DAL  
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

84

81

79

75

75

ROW

30

30

32

29

27

31

Games Remaining

8

8

9

7

8

7

Home

4

5

3

6

3

3

Road

4

3

6

1

5

4

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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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