2014 Playoff Tracker for April 1

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 10:32 AM
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2014 Playoff Tracker
2014 Playoff Tracker for April 1

The Dallas Stars are back in action Tuesday night, and so are the Phoenix Coyotes. The Stars, who trail the Coyotes by one point for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and have one game in hand, play at Washington. It's the first game of a stretch that will see the Stars play four road games in a span of six days. It's a huge road trip for the Stars.

Phoenix hosts Winnipeg, which lost in overtime last night in Anaheim. Tuesday's game is the front end of a back-to-back for the Coyotes, who play at Los Angeles Wednesday. The Coyotes host Edmonton on Friday, so they'll be playing three games in four nights.

The Minnesota Wild put a little more distance between themselves and the Stars and Coyotes by defeating Los Angeles, 3-2, Monday night. The win put the Wild, who hold the first wild card spot in the West, five points ahead of Phoenix and six points up on Dallas. The Stars have two games in hand on the Wild and Phoenix has one, but the Wild, who looked as if they were trending down last week, seem to have righted the ship for now with wins at Phoenix and Los Angeles in a span of three days. Minnesota is now 2-1-0 on its road trip, which wraps up in Chicago on Thursday.

Anaheim rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Winnipeg, 5-4, in overtime. The Ducks tied the game with 23 seconds left in regulation and then won it on a Stephane Robidas goal 16 seconds into overtime. The Ducks lead San Jose by three points in the race for first place and the top seed in the Pacific Division.

Tonight's games

San Jose hosts Edmonton. The Sharks have a chance to pull to within one point of Anaheim for the top spot in the Pacific.

Colorado is at Columbus. The Avalanche can increase their lead over Chicago for the second spot in the Central.

Playoff chances

Here's a look at the playoff chances of the teams in the Western Conference wild card chase, according to a couple sites.

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report gives the Stars a 70.6 percent chance of making the playoffs. Minnesota is at 91.5 percent and Phoenix is at 37.7 percent.

Sportsclubstats.com has the Stars' chances at 59.7 percent. Minnesota is at 92.2 percent and Phoenix is at 48.8 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   vs. PHI
2

x-Colorado

74 47 21 6 100 43 25   @CBJ
3

x-Chicago

76 42 19 15 99 37 48    
RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-Anaheim

75 49 18 8 106 47 53 W 5-4 (OT) vs. WPG  
2

x-San Jose

76 47 20 9 103 37 48   vs. EDM
3

Los Angeles

76 44 26 6 94 36 29 L 3-2 vs. MIN  
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

Minnesota

76 39 26 11 89 32 -2 W 3-2 @ LAK  
2

Phoenix

75 36 27 12 84 30 -6   vs. WPG
3

Dallas

74 36 27 11 83 33 2   @ WSH
4

Vancouver

76 34 31 11 79 29 -22   vs. NYR
5

Nashville

76 33 32 11 77 31 -39    
6

Winnipeg

76 33 33 10 76 27 -13 L 5-4 (OT) @ ANA @ PHX
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

89

84

83

79

77

76

ROW

32

30

33

29

31

27

Games Remaining

6

7

8

6

6

6

Home

4

4

3

5

2

3

Road

2

3

5

1

4

3

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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