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Playoff Race: Stars, Blues just keep winning

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars keep winning and so do the St. Louis Blues. The Stars made it five wins in six games with their 5-2 victory over Nashville last night. The Blues made it five straight wins with their 3-1 defeat of Colorado.

Both the Stars and Blues have identical 46-22-9 records but the Stars still hold first place in the Central Division and Western Conference based on their 44-41 advantage in the regulation/overtime wins (ROW) tiebreaker. That’s where we stand with five games remaining in the regular season.

Chicago lost, 4-1, to Minnesota last night. The Blackhawks are six points behind the Stars and Blues, and their chances of winning the division are at about zero at this point. With Nashville losing, the Blackhawks still have a four-point lead over the Predators for third place in the Central.

The Wild, which swept the season series against the Blackhawks (5-0-0), have won six straight games and are now six points ahead of Colorado in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Avalanche’s chances of catching the Wild are very slim. Six points with five games remaining is a steep hill to climb. The Wild have pulled to within four points of Nashville, and they have a slim chance of moving up to the first wild-card spot.

The Sharks beat Vancouver last night, so they pulled to within two points of second-place Anaheim and three points of first-place Los Angeles in the Pacific Division. The Sharks have played one more game than the Kings and two more than the Ducks, though.

The Ducks host Calgary tonight and would take over first place in the Pacific Division with a win.


Stars Likely First-Round Opponents

Here’s a look at the Stars most likely first round opponents, according to Sportsclubstats.com. Right now, the three most likely possibilities are:

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


Dallas 5, Nashville 2

St. Louis 3, Colorado 1

Minnesota 4, Chicago 1

San Jose 4, Vancouver 1


Calgary at Anaheim


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
LAK
ANA
SJS
NSH
MIN
COL
Points
101
101
95
95
94
92
91
87
82
Wins (ROW)
44
41
43
43
39
40
35
35
35
Games Left
5
5
5
6
7
5
5
5
5
Home
3
3
3
4
4
3
3
3
3
Road
2
2
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
                   
 
DAL
STL
CHI
LAK
ANA
SJS
NSH
MIN
 COL
Mar. 30
-
-
-
-
CGY
-
-
-
-
Mar. 31
ARI
-
-
CGY
-
VAN
@PIT
OTT
-
Apr. 1
-
BOS
@WPG
-
VAN
-
-
@DET
WSH
Apr. 2
@LAK
-
-
-
-
@NSH
SJS
-
-
Apr. 3
@ANA
@COL
BOS
-
DAL
-
-
@WPG
STL
Apr. 4
-
ARI
-
@VAN
-
-
-
-
-
Apr. 5
-
-
ARI
@CGY
WPG
@MIN
COL
SJS
@NSH
Apr. 6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr. 7
COL
@CHI
STL
ANA
@LAK
WPG
ARI
-
@DAL
Apr. 8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr. 9
NSH
WSH
@CBJ
WPG
@COL
ARI
@DAL
CGY
ANA
Apr. 10
-
-
-
-
@WSH
-
-
-
-
 
DAL
STL
CHI
LAK
ANA
SJS
NSH
MIN
COL

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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