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Stars with chance to clinch Central, top seed in West today

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars have their first opportunity to clinch the Central Division and the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs today.

But they’ll need more than just a win to do it. They’ll need some help from the Colorado Avalanche as well. Here’s the scenario for the Stars to clinch the Central and top spot in the West:

A Dallas win in any fashion over Anaheim and a St. Louis loss to Colorado in regulation.

With their win over Los Angeles yesterday, the Stars pushed four points ahead of the Blues. The Stars also clinched the regulation/overtime wins (ROW) tiebreaker against St. Louis. That means the Blues will have to make up five points on the Stars this week to win the Central and the West. That’s a tall order.

The Avalanche will be fighting for their playoff lives today. They could be eliminated from postseason contention Sunday if they lose in regulation and Minnesota defeats Winnipeg in any fashion. The Wild lead the Avalanche by five points heading into today, and Colorado has one game in hand.

If the Wild do clinch and eliminate the Avs from contention, the eight teams for the Western Conference playoffs will be set. The only questions remaining will be the matchups.

Chicago hosts Boston today. The Blackhawks are four points behind St. Louis for second place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks have one game left with the Blues and the edge in the ROW tiebreaker, so they still have a shot at second in the division, but the chances remain slim.

In the Pacific Division, the Ducks can move past the Kings and into first place with a win over the Stars today. The Sharks are making things interesting in the Pacific. They beat the Predators, 3-2, in a shootout Saturday and are two points behind Anaheim and three points behind Los Angeles. The Kings and Ducks do have games in hand.


Here’s a look at the most likely first-round opponents for the Stars, according to Sportsclubstats.com. With the Stars closing in on the Central Division title and the top spot in the Western Conference, the odds are starting to tilt heavily toward Minnesota. These are the top three following Saturday’s games:

Minnesota (89.0%)

Chicago (5.8%)

Colorado (2.9%)


Dallas 3, Los Angeles 2

San Jose 3, Nashville 2 (SO)


Dallas at Anaheim

St. Louis at Colorado

Boston at Chicago

Minnesota at Winnipeg


Dallas

Los Angeles

Anaheim

St. Louis

Chicago

San Jose

Nashville





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
105
101
97
97
96
94
92
87
82
Wins (ROW)
46
41
44
44
40
40
35
35
35
Games Left
3
4
4
4
5
3
3
3
4
Home
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
Road
1
2
1
2
3
1
1
1
2
                   
 
DAL
STL
CHI
LAK
ANA
SJS
NSH
MIN
 COL
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
-
-
-
-

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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