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Dallas Stars - Playoff race: April 22

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 1:00 PM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Dallas Stars - Playoff race: April 22

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.

To read more, visit StarsInsideEdge.com with Mark Stepneski

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 7 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 7 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 7 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 7 2 2 3 4
A. Goligoski 7 2 2 -3 4
J. Klingberg 7 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 7 1 3 3 4
C. Eakin 7 0 4 0 4
J. Demers 7 0 3 5 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .925 2.01
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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