Dallas Stars - Playoff race: April 22

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 2:00 PM
Mark Stepneski

That point the Stars picked up in last night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings was a key one because it kept them in control of their fate in this incredibly tight playoff race.

It’s not quite as easy as saying the Stars just need to win their final three games and they’re in. This is the NHL. It’s not always as simple as winning and losing. It’s a points-based standings system. How you lose can be important and sometimes how you win can be important as well, and there could be a scenario where the Stars might have to win in regulation against Detroit on the final day of the season to get in.

But I am getting ahead of myself because there is a lot of hockey to be played before the regular season finale. Right now, the Stars just need to find a way to win in San Jose on Tuesday, and any kind of win will do.

Columbus found a way to win in San Jose Sunday. The Blue Jackets blew 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the game, but scored late to win 4-3. They now sit three points ahead of both the Stars and Red Wings. They’ve played two more games than Detroit and one more than Dallas. They don’t control their own destiny. They now get to sit and watch everyone else because they don’t play again until Thursday, when they are in Dallas to take on the Stars.

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