2014 Playoff Tracker for March 30

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2014 Playoff Tracker

Saturday couldn't have gone any better for the Stars as far as the playoff race. They secured two points with a 4-2 win in St. Louis, knocking off one of the league's top teams while playing on the road on the second night of a back-to-back. It was a huge win.

Helping the cause was that the Phoenix-Minnesota game was settled in regulation, meaning only one of those teams got points. It ended up being Minnesota, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit after two periods to win 3-1.

The end result was the Stars moved to within one point of Phoenix for the final wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference and stayed within four of Minnesota, which holds the first wild card spot. They have one game in hand on both those teams.

The win was a big one for the Wild, which has been struggling. They aren't out of the woods though, a tough schedule still looms. It was a setback for the Coyotes but they, like the Stars, still control their destiny in the race.

Anaheim moved back into first in the Pacific with a 5-1 win over Vancouver. The Ducks are one point ahead of San Jose, which lost 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado, which clinched a playoff spot Saturday, is now in second place in the Central Division, one point ahead of Chicago. The Blackhawks, who were idle, clinched a playoff spot when Phoenix lost Saturday.  

Los Angeles, still locked into that third spot in the Pacific, won its sixth straight game, defeating Winnipeg 4-2.

Today's games

It will be a fairly quiet day in the Western Conference playoff race. Chicago is at Pittsburgh. The Blackhawks will try to move back into second in the Central.

Playoff chances

The chances of the Stars making the playoffs increased significanlty after Saturday's win, according to the sites who put percentages on these things. 

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report has the Stars’ chances of making the playoffs at 69.4 percent, up from 56.5 percent the previous day. Minnesota’s chances are 83.8 percent and Phoenix’s are at 52.5 percent.

Sportsclubstats.com has the Stars' chances of making the playoffs at 63.2 percent, up from 45.8 percent the day before. Minnesota’s chances are at 81.2 percent and Phoenix’s are at 48.9 percent.

Western Conference Playoff Race

RK

CENTRAL DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1 x-St. Louis 74 50 17 7 107 42 72 L 4-2 vs. DAL  
2

x-Colorado

74 47 21 6 100 43 25 W 3-2 vs. SJS  
3

x-Chicago

75 42 18 15 99 37 51   @ PIT
RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-Anaheim

74 48 18 8 104 46 52 W 5-1 @ VAN  
2

x-San Jose

76 47 20 9 103 37 48 L 3-2 @ COL  
3

Los Angeles

75 44 25 6 94 36 30 W 4-2 vs. WPG  
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

Minnesota

75 38 26 11 87 31 -3 W 3-1 at PHX  
2

Phoenix

75 36 27 12 84 30 -6 L 3-1 vs. MIN  
3

Dallas

74 36 27 11 83 33 2

W 4-2 vs. STL

 
4

Vancouver

76 34 31 11 79 29 --22 L 5-1 vs. ANA  
5

Nashville

75 32 32 11 75 31 -40   vs. WSH
6

Winnipeg

75 33 33 9 75 27 -12 L 4-2 @ LAK  
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 Colorado vs. Chicago. The winner of St. Louis-Phoenix would play the winner of Colorado-Chicago in the division finals. The Pacific Division playoffs would have Anaheim (division winner with second-most points) vs. Minnesota (wild card with most points) and San Jose vs. Los Angeles. The winner of Anaheim-Minnesota would play the winner of San Jose-Los Angeles in the division finals.

The division champions would then play in the conference finals. There is no more reseeding of teams 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

87

84

83

79

75

75

ROW

31

30

33

29

31

27

Games Remaining

7

7

8

6

7

7

Home

4

4

3

5

3

3

Road

3

3

5

1

4

4

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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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