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PLAYOFF PRIMER - 04.04.19

Flames on track to meet Avalanche in first round, but Western playoff picture far from set

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

50-24-7 - 107 POINTS; 1ST IN THE PACIFIC (CLINCHED)

Remaining Games: 1 - Saturday vs. Edmonton

 

THE LATEST:

The Flames appear to be on a collision course with the Colorado Avalanche in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With only two games left in the regular season, the Arizona Coyotes are the only non-playoff team still mathematically alive in the Western Conference. They must win both (in regulation or overtime) AND hope the Avalanche drop both of their remaining two tilts in regulation.

 

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But wait! There's more.

Suddenly the Dallas Stars (WC1) have re-entered the picture as the Avalanche - who are an NHL-best 7-1-2 in their last 10 games - have quickly gained ground and could displace the Stars as the top-seeded wild-card team.

That would then mean the Flames would play the Stars in Round 1 instead.

 

WILD-CARD RACE:

1. Stars - 91 points (42-31-7)
2. Avalanche - 88 points (37-29-14)

3. Coyotes - 84 (38-34-8)

The Stars do hold the tiebreaker (41 to 35 ROW), so for the Avalanche to pass them, they'll need to win both of their remaining two games (in regulation, overtime or a shootout) and hope the Stars drop both in regulation.

A single point in one of their final two games clinches the first wild-card seed for the Stars.

 

WHO TO WATCH TONIGHT:

Winnipeg at Colorado - 7:00 p.m. MT

Arizona at Vegas - 8:00 p.m. MT

WHO TO WATCH ON FRIDAY:

Dallas at Chicago - 6:39 p.m. MT

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