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Playoff Race: Fight to the finish

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

In what is shaping up to be a fight to the finish between the Stars and Blues for first in the Central Division and Western Conference, only the Stars are playing tonight.

The Stars take on the Coyotes at American Airlines Center. The Coyotes have been a nemesis this season, so don’t put two points in the bank just yet. The Blues’ next game is Friday when they host the Boston Bruins, who are struggling and clinging to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. So, the Bruins desperation level should be high.

Which team has the tougher schedule down the stretch? According to NHL public relations, Dallas’ remaining opponents have a combined points percentage of .573. St. Louis’ remaining opponents have a combined points percentage of .593. The Stars have a record of 5-8-0 against their remaining opponents. The Blues have a record of 7-3-2 against the five teams they play the rest of the way.

Minnesota hosts Ottawa tonight and has a chance to extend its lead for the final playoff spot in the West to seven points over Colorado. The Wild have won six straight.

The Predators, who have lost two straight, play at Pittsburgh with a chance to pull to within two points of idle Chicago for third place in the Central Division.

Anaheim moved into the first place in the Pacific Division with an 8-3 rout of Calgary last night. The Ducks, who are 5-1-1 in their past seven games, are one point ahead of Los Angeles. The Kings will have a chance to jump over the Ducks and retake first in the Pacific when they host the Flames tonight. San Jose, which is four points behind Anaheim and three points behind Los Angeles, takes on Vancouver. The Sharks appear locked into the third spot in the Pacific, but they have a slim chance moving up one spot.


Here’s a look at the most likely first-round opponents for the Stars, according to Sportsclubstats.com. There was no change from yesterday as far as the three most likely possibilities or the chances:

Minnesota (46.9%): Stars were 4-1-0 in season series.

Chicago (36.8%): Stars were 4-1-0 in season series.

Nashville (14.5%): Stars are 3-1-0 in season series, one game remaining


Anaheim 8, Calgary 3


Arizona at Dallas

Nashville at Pittsburgh

Ottawa at Minnesota

Calgary at Los Angeles

Vancouver at San Jose


Dallas

Los Angeles

Anaheim

St. Louis

Chicago

San Jose






CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION WILDCARD IN HUNT
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
WC1
WC2
DAL
STL
CHI
ANA
LAK
SJS
NSH
MIN
COL
Points
101
101
95
96
95
92
91
87
82
Wins (ROW)
44
41
43
40
43
40
35
35
35
Games Left
5
5
5
6
6
5
5
5
5
Home
3
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
Road
2
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
                   
 
DAL
STL
CHI
ANA
LAK
SJS
NSH
MIN
 COL
Mar. 31
ARI
-
-
-
CGY
VAN
@PIT
OTT
-
Apr. 1
-
BOS
@WPG
VAN
-
-
-
@DET
WSH
Apr. 2
@LAK
-
-
-
DAL
@NSH
SJS
-
-
Apr. 3
@ANA
@COL
BOS
DAL
-
-
-
@WPG
STL
Apr. 4
-
ARI
-
-
@VAN
-
-
-
-
Apr. 5
-
-
ARI
WPG
@CGY
@MIN
COL
SJS
@NSH
Apr. 6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr. 7
COL
@CHI
STL
@LAK
ANA
WPG
ARI
-
@DAL
Apr. 8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr. 9
NSH
WSH
@CBJ
@COL
WPG
ARI
@DAL
CGY
ANA
Apr. 10
-
-
-
@WSH
-
-
-
-
-

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter 
@StarsInsideEdge.

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