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2014 Playoff Tracker for March 31

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 10:01 AM
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2014 Playoff Tracker
2014 Playoff Tracker for March 31

The Minnesota Wild are the only team in the wild card chase playing tonight. The Wild play game three of their four-game road trip, taking on the Kings in Los Angeles. The Wild, who hold the first wild card spot, lead the Coyotes by three points and the Stars by four. They wrap up the trip in Chicago on Thursday and then return home to play Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Stars and Phoenix both play Tuesday. The Stars are at Washington as they start a stretch of four straight on the road against Eastern Conference teams. They also play Carolina (Thursday), Tampa Bay (Saturday) and Florida (Sunday) on the trip.

Phoenix plays Winnipeg Tuesday and then plays at Los Angeles the next night. The Coyotes return home and play Edmonton Friday.

The Stars have a game in hand on both Minnesota and Phoenix, but this weekend the games played will be even. After the Stars play at Florida on Sunday, Dallas, Minnesota and Phoenix will be at 78 games played and all will have four games left on the schedule.

Chicago lost 4-1 at Pittsburgh Sunday evening, leaving them one point behind Colorado for the second spot in the Central Division. The Avalanche have two games in hand.

Anaheim hosts Winnipeg Monday night. The Ducks have a chance to increase their one-point lead over San Jose in the race for first place in the Pacific Division.

Playoff chances

Not much changed as far as the Stars’s chances of making the playoffs according to the sites that track these things.

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report gives the Stars a 73.2 percent chance of making the playoffs. Minnesota is at 84.3 percent and Phoenix is at 42.4 percent.

Sportsclubstats.com has the Stars' chances of making the playoffs at 63.1 percent. Minnesota is at 83.7 percent and Phoenix is at 52.6 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    
2

x-Colorado

74 47 21 6 100 43 25    
3

x-Chicago

76 42 19 15 99 37 48 L 4-1 @ PIT  
RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-Anaheim

74 48 18 8 104 46 52   vs. WPG
2

x-San Jose

76 47 20 9 103 37 48    
3

Los Angeles

75 44 25 6 94 36 30   vs. MIN
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

Minnesota

75 38 26 11 87 31 -3   @ LAK
2

Phoenix

75 36 27 12 84 30 -6    
3

Dallas

74 36 27 11 83 33 2    
4

Vancouver

76 34 31 11 79 29 --22    
5

Nashville

76 33 32 11 77 31 -39 W 4-3 (SO) vs. WSH  
6

Winnipeg

75 33 33 9 75 27 -12   @ ANA
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

77

75

ROW

31

30

33

29

31

27

Games Remaining

7

7

8

6

6

7

Home

4

4

3

5

2

3

Road

3

3

5

1

4

4

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

 

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