Mar 22, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) chase the puck through the Canucks zone during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Canucks defeated the Stars 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
The Pacific Division race has become one of the wildest playoff pushes in NHL history. The Stars are on top headed into Vancouver Friday night, but every game is now a must-win.
One of the wildest playoff races in NHL history continues tonight, as the Dallas Stars (89 points in 77 games played, first place Pacific Division, No. 3 seed in the Western Conference) battles a Vancouver team trying capture the No. 1 overall seed in the West, while trying to keep three rival Pacific teams at bay.
While Dallas battles the Canucks (the Stars are 2-1 against Vancouver this season, but lost their most recent match-up in Dallas 2-1), they'll try and hold off the Phoenix Coyotes (idle, 89 points in 78 games, second place Pacific Division, No. 7 seed in the Western Conference), Los Angeles Kings (at Edmonton Friday, 88 points in 77 games, third place Pacific Division, No. 8 seed in the Western Conference) and the San Jose Sharks (idle, 88 points in 78 games, fourth place Pacific Division, ninth place in Western Conference).
Got all that? With a Dallas win and a L.A. loss in regulation, the Stars could open up a two point lead in the insanely close Pacific Division race with just a handful of games remaining.
Date / Time: Friday, March 30, 9 p.m. CT
Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
TV: NBC Sports, TSN, Fox Sports SW
Radio: Stars Radio Network
Line: Vancouver -153