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2014 Playoff Tracker for March 30

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 11:37 AM
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2014 Playoff Tracker
2014 Playoff Tracker for March 30

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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
4 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
5 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
6 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 31 23 16 7 39
J. Benn 31 9 19 1 28
J. Spezza 31 6 18 -9 24
T. Daley 31 7 9 -13 16
A. Roussel 31 7 9 -3 16
C. Eakin 28 6 7 5 13
A. Goligoski 31 1 12 2 13
S. Horcoff 31 4 7 0 11
E. Cole 30 5 5 -5 10
R. Garbutt 23 5 5 -5 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 13 7 5 .907 2.89
A. Lindback 0 5 0 .861 4.63
 
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