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2014 Playoff Tracker for April 11

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 10:43 AM
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2014 Playoff Tracker
2014 Playoff Tracker for April 11

The Dallas Stars can clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference Friday night. A win and they are in. A loss - either in regulation or beyond regulation - and the Phoenix Coyotes live to fight another day, specifically Saturday when they host San Jose.

The Coyotes lost last night in Nashville, 2-0. It was their sixth straight loss (0-3-3) and they remained two points behind the Stars with two games remaining for both teams, including a head-to-head matchup in the regular season finale on Sunday.

The Stars' magic number to clinch that playoff spot is two points. Any combination of points gained by the Stars or lost by the Coyotes adding up to two puts the Stars into the playoffs.

The Stars can win the race Friday by picking up two points against the Blues. That would give them 91 points. The Coyotes could tie the Stars at 91 points by winning Saturday against San Jose and then beating the Stars in regulation on Sunday, but the Stars would still claim the spot based on the regulation/overtime wins (ROW) tiebreaker, which they currently lead 35-30.

The Blues come to town Friday on the second night of a back-to-back. They lost 4-2 in Minnesota Thursday night. It was their fourth straight loss and dropped them to second place in the Central Division behind Colorado, which won 4-2 in Vancouver.

The Avalanche and Blues are tied at 111 points, but Colorado holds the top spot in the Central because it owns the regulation/overtime wins (ROW) tiebreaker, 47-43. Colorado plays at San Jose Friday. Whoever finishes second in the Central division gets Chicago in the first round of the playoffs.

The Avalanche and Blues both trail Anaheim by one point for the best overall record in the Western Conference. Which ever team gets that will be guaranteed home ice in every series it plays.

What happens if ...

What happens if the Stars don't win vs. the Blues?

If the Stars lose in overtime or a shootout against the Blues: The Stars would clinch if Phoenix were to lose in either regulation or beyond regulation Saturday vs. San Jose. In other words, Phoenix would need to win against San Jose Saturday to stay alive and make that final game between the Stars and Coyotes the deciding factor.

If the Stars were to lose in regulation vs. the Blues: The Stars would clinch if Phoenix loses in regulation Saturday vs. the Sharks. Phoenix would need at least one point against San Jose on Saturday to stay alive. Obviously, a win would keep them alive as well and bring it down to that final game between the two teams.

Playoff chances

The Stars' playoff chances were back up after Phoenix's loss Thursday night.

Hockeyreference.com's playoff probabilities report gives the Stars an 86.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. Phoenix is at 13.7 percent.

Sportsclubstats.com gives the Stars an 85.6 percent chance of getting into the postseason. Phoenix has a 14.4 percent chance.

Western Conference Playoff Race

RK

CENTRAL DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-Colorado

80 52 21 7 111 47 35 W 4-2 @ VAN @SJS
2 x-St. Louis 80 52 21 7 111 43 63 L 4-2 @ MIN @DAL
3

x-Chicago

80 46 19 15 107 40 53   @WSH
RK

PACIFIC DIVISION

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

y-Anaheim

80 52 20 8 112 50 55    
2

x-San Jose

80 49 22 9 107 39 44   vs. COL
3

x-Los Angeles

81 46 28 7 99 38 33 W 3-0 @ EDM  
RK

WILD CARD

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

ROW

DIFF

Last night

Tonight

1

x-Minnesota

81 43 26 12 98 35 5 W 4-2 vs. STL  
2

Dallas

80 39 30 11 89 35 5   vs. STL
3

Phoenix

80 36 29 15 87 30 -15 L 2-0 @ NSH  
x - clinched playoff spot
y - clinched division

Current Western Conference playoff matchups

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. 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.

Under the new format, the Stars would be in the Pacific Division playoffs if the postseason started today. Here are the current matchups.

Pacific Division

Anaheim vs. Dallas
San Jose vs. Los Angeles

Central Division

Colorado vs. Minnesota
St. Louis vs. Chicago

Wild card playoff race schedules

 

2. Dallas

3. Phoenix

Points

89

87

ROW

35

30

Games Remaining

2

2

Home

1

2

Road

1

0

Apr 11

vs. STL

 

Apr 12

 

vs. SJS

Apr 13

@ PHX

vs. DAL

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 30 10 13 7 78 98 27
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 30 23 15 7 38
J. Benn 30 8 18 0 26
J. Spezza 30 6 18 -9 24
A. Roussel 30 7 9 -3 16
T. Daley 30 6 9 -14 15
A. Goligoski 30 1 12 2 13
C. Eakin 27 6 5 4 11
S. Horcoff 30 4 7 0 11
E. Cole 29 5 5 -5 10
R. Garbutt 23 5 5 -5 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 12 7 5 .906 2.97
A. Lindback 0 5 0 .861 4.63
 
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