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Playoff race: April 25

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Detroit Red Wings won 3-1 over Los Angeles last night to take over eighth place in the Western Conference. The Stars are now four points behind the Red Wings and three points behind Columbus, which is in ninth place.

The Stars’ tragic number, at least the way I calculate it, is down to one. Any point they lose or any point gained by Detroit eliminates them from the playoff race.

But with just two games left in the season, that number is what it is. The Stars still have a glimmer of hope. That hope consists of their games against both the Blue Jackets and Red Wings, and the Nashville Predators. The Stars need to those final two games and hope the Predators can knock off Detroit and Columbus over the next couple days.

Here’s how it breaks down for the Stars to make the playoffs.

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