Calgary can only reach 95 points, so they need Anaheim or Chicago to really crater. Dallas can reach 97 points and 43 wins, and their big advantage is their schedule, which consists of: Columbus, Colorado, at Colorado, at Minnesota. It's four games in six days, and it's never fun to play a home-and-home on back-to-back days, but these are all lottery teams, and none of them are playing well. The other advantage is that OT/shootout wins work fine since these are not teams they're competing against.â†µ
If the Stars can muster four wins, Anaheim needs four points in three games to stay in front of them. The Ducks host San Jose (who just beat them 4-2 in San Jose) tomorrow, then have a home-and-home with LA Friday and Saturday. That may not be easy, though the Kings' loss of two of their top scorers hurts.â†µ
The Blackhawks picture is a little more clouded because Dallas could conceivably catch their win total and still wind up tied in points. But under any scenario Dallas would have to make up at least three points on them in four games, so four Dallas wins is still almost a must. Chicago plays in Montreal tonight at 6:30, so there will be some early scoreboard watching. They come home to host St. Louis tomorrow, then have a home-and-home with Detroit Friday and Sunday.