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Playoff Pulse: Tippett wins 400th; Coyotes in seventh

by Brian Compton
Dave Tippett enjoyed a very special night in Edmonton on Sunday.

Not only did the Phoenix Coyotes' coach earn his 400th career victory, but his team moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with a 3-2 shootout win against the Oilers at Rexall Place.

The Coyotes are banging on the door for the No. 3 seed, as they pulled even with the Dallas Stars at 83 points apiece. However, Dallas remains in first place because it has a game in hand on the Coyotes. The teams will clash at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

"You look at the way the game went and we weren't playing the way we needed to be," said Coyotes captain Shane Doan. "They played really, well but we were just able to find a way. We're feeling a bit fortunate right now."

With six games on Monday's schedule, here's a look at how the races in each conference shape up after the six played on Sunday:


Division leaders:

New York Rangers (95 points) were idle Sunday. The Blueshirts, who are 0-5-0 in their last five games against teams in playoff position, will host New Jersey on Monday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, TSN2).

Boston (85 points) did not play Sunday. The Bruins are back in action Monday night against Toronto at TD Garden.

Florida (83 points) was idle Sunday. Still four points up on Washington in the Southeast Division, the Panthers are off until Tuesday, when they'll visit Philadelphia.

The next five:

Pittsburgh (94 points after Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss at Philadelphia)
saw it's 11-game winning streak come to and end, but still managed to pick up a point against the Flyers. Now just one point behind the Rangers for the No. 1 seed, the Penguins will host Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia (92 points after Sunday's 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh) ended the Pens' win streak and moved within two points of the No. 4 seed when Scott Hartnell beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the final second of overtime. The Flyers will enjoy a well-deserved day off Monday before hosting Florida on Tuesday night.

New Jersey (87 points) did not play Sunday. The Devils will cross the Hudson River to take on the Rangers on Monday night at MSG (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Ottawa (84 points) was off Sunday. The Sens return to action on Tuesday night against New Jersey in Canada's capital city.

Washington (78 points after Sunday's 5-2 loss at Chicago) got off to a rough start against the Blackhawks and never recovered. The Caps' road trip continues Monday night at Detroit.

On the outside looking in:

Winnipeg (76 points after Sunday's 4-3 loss to Carolina)
blew a 3-2 lead in the third period and came away with zero points Sunday night. The Jets will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Buffalo (76 points) was idle Sunday. The Sabres will visit Tampa Bay on Monday night.


Division leaders:

St. Louis (100 points) did not play Sunday. The Blues are off until Wednesday, when their seven-game road trip continues at Anaheim.

Vancouver (94 points) was idle Sunday. The Canucks play four games on the road next week, starting Monday night at Minnesota.

Dallas (83 points) was idle again Sunday after playing three games in four days. The Stars return to action Tuesday night against Phoenix at the American Airlines Center.

The next five:

Nashville (92 points after Sunday's 3-1 win at Anaheim)
concluded its road trip with a 30-save performance from Anders Lindback and a victory against the Ducks. Nashville, which moved into fourth place with the win, returns home to face Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Detroit (92 points) did not play Sunday and fell into fifth place due to Nashville's win at Anaheim. The Red Wings can move back into fourth with a win on home ice against Washington on Monday night.

Chicago (88 points after Sunday's 5-2 win against Washington) received a pair of goals from rookie Andrew Shaw and cruised past the Caps. The Blackhawks are in Columbus on Tuesday.

Phoenix (83 points after Sunday's 3-2 shootout win at Edmonton) finds itself back in playoff position thanks to a shootout victory against the Oilers at Rexall Place. It was career win No. 400 for Dave Tippett, whose team will be in Dallas on Tuesday night with first place in the Pacific Division on the line.

Colorado (83 points) was idle Sunday, but fell from seventh to eighth because it has played one more game than the Coyotes. The Avalanche will host Calgary on Tuesday.

On the outside looking in:

San Jose (82 points)
did not play Sunday and now finds itself in ninth place, thanks to the Coyotes' win at Edmonton. The Sharks will host Anaheim on Monday night.

Los Angeles (82 points) was idle and will host San Jose in a huge showdown Tuesday night.

Calgary (81 points after Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Columbus) managed only one point in a shootout loss on home ice against the Blue Jackets. Calgary will be in Colorado on Tuesday night.

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