The Dallas Stars have four games remaining on their regular season schedule, and could very well need to win all of them to stay alive in the Western Conference's wild, wild playoff race.
|St. Louis Blues||78||48-20-10||106|
|Los Angeles Kings||78||39-27-12||90|
|Detroit Red Wings||78||46-27-5||97|
|San Jose Sharks||78||39-29-10||88|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||78||26-45-7||59|
Dallas dropped from the Pacific Division leader's automatic top-seed last night with a loss at Vancouver, bumping them from the No. 3 seed to the No. 7 with just one loss. The Stars (89 points) are one behind L.A. (90 points) for the Pacific lead , tied with No. 8 seed Phoenix (89 points), and just barely ahead of ninth place San Jose (88 points). Colorado (88 points) and Calgary (85 points) are still within striking distance as well.
That makes a total of six teams vying for spots 3, 7 and 8 in the Western Conference. The Pacific Division winner will likely play the Blackhawks in the opening round. Here's a look at Saturday's action for Stars fans:
- Los Angeles plays at Minnesota Saturday night. Obviously a Kings' loss would be huge for the Stars, who with a win over San Jose, could retake the Pacific and the No. 3 seed.
- Phoenix hosts Anaheim, who is out of the race but still hot of late. A Ducks win would give the Stars space between the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds if they can't win the Pacific.
- Calgary, the team with the slimmest shot of making the playoffs, goes to Vancouver, who beat Dallas Friday and who are chasing St. Louis for the No. 1 overall seed. The Canucks and Blues will go 1-2, meaning they'll likely play two Pacific teams in the first round.
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