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Playoff Race: Stars, Blues tied at 97 points

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

With seven games left in the regular season, the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues are now tied atop the Central Division at 97 points. The Stars are still in first place based on their 42-39 edge in the regulation/overtime wins (ROW) tiebreaker.

The Blues pulled even with the Stars and clinched a playoff berth with their 4-0 win over Vancouver last night. On a side note, the Canucks are struggling. They’ve been shutout in four of their past five games.

Both the Stars and Blues play today. The Stars, of course, are at San Jose this afternoon. The Stars, who are 6-2-2 in their past ten games, will look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss at Arizona Thursday. The Sharks, who are two points behind second-place Anaheim in the Pacific Divison, are coming off a 6-3 loss to Edmonton Thursday.

The Blues play at Washington this evening, and both teams are on the second night of a back-to-back. The Capitals played last night, winning in overtime at New Jersey.

Chicago is in third place in the Central Division and six points behind the Stars and Blues. The Blackhawks play at Calgary tonight. It’s the first game of a back-to-back for Chicago, which also plays at Vancouver Sunday.

The Predators, who are two points behind the Blackhawks for that third spot in the Central, play at Columbus tonight. The Predators have gained 16 points on Chicago over the past month-and-a-half. Nashville is 13-2-5 (31 points) over that stretch, and the Blackhawks are 6-8-3 (15 points).

Minnesota plays at Colorado this afternoon in a big game in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Wild, who have won four straight, are three points up on the Avalanche, who have one game in hand. The Wild are 3-0-1 against Colorado this season.

The big three in the Pacific all play today. The Kings host Edmonton. The Ducks are at Ottawa. And the Sharks are hosting the Stars. The first-place Kings hold a three-point lead over the Ducks and a five-point edge on the Sharks. San Jose can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Stars.


St. Louis 4, Vancouver 0


Dallas at San Jose

St. Louis at Washington

Chicago at Calgary

Minnesota at Colorado

Edmonton at Los Angeles

Anaheim at Ottawa


Dallas

Los Angeles

Anaheim

St. Louis






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
97
97
91
93
90
88
89
83
80
Wins (ROW)
42
39
41
42
37
38
34
33
34
Games Left
7
7
8
8
9
8
8
7
8
Home
4
4
3
5
4
5
5
4
4
Road
3
3
5
3
5
3
3
3
4
                   
 
DAL
STL
CHI
LAK
ANA
SJS
NSH
MIN
 COL
Mar. 26
@SJS
@WSH
@CGY
EDM
@OTT
DAL
CBJ
@COL
MIN
Mar. 27
-
-
@VAN
-
-
-
-
-
-
Mar. 28
-
-
-
@SJS
@EDM
LAK
COL
-
@NSH
Mar. 29
NSH
COL
@MIN
-
-
@VAN
@DAL
CHI
@STL
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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