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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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