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West update: Stars gain charity point in loss to Kings

Apr 22, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

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The good news for the Dallas Stars is that they’re still in the Western Conference playoff hunt after gaining a point from a 4-3 OT loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. The bad news is that they might just need to be perfect after they missed out on the second point.

Here’s how the West looks after a wild night of action:

7. Minnesota: 51 points with three games left (20 regulation/overtime wins)
8. Columbus: 51 points with two games left (17 ROW)
9. Detroit: 48 points with four games left (18 ROW)
10. Dallas: 48 points with three games left (20 ROW)*

Things look dire for the Stars out of context, but their schedule means that they can have a big impact on the West race. After facing division rivals San Jose on Tuesday, the Stars host the Blue Jackets on Thursday and the Red Wings on Saturday.

Let’s look at the other teams’ schedules really quick to give you an idea about how the last week might shake out:

Minnesota

April 23: home vs. Los Angeles
April 26: home vs. Edmonton
April 27: at Colorado

Columbus

April 25: at Dallas
April 27: home vs. Nashville

Detroit

April 22: home vs. Phoenix
April 24: home vs. Los Angeles
April 25: home vs. Nashville
April 27: at Dallas

So, as you can see, the Stars (along with the Kings and Predators) can influence how things shake out. In fact, they might even be able to muscle their way in.

* – The Phoenix Coyotes are hovering around the picture with 46 points and four games left (15 ROW).

  1. manchestermiracle - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Kings were lucky to pull that one out after the refs did all they could to get the Stars that point. The Stars’ 2nd goal was a farce, coming right after knocking the puck out of the air with a high stick. The referee had an unobstructed front-row seat and did nothing, even though the stick was obviously above shoulder height. Apparently whoever was manning the booth in Toronto was on break, or maybe couldn’t wipe that mayonnaise smear off the monitor in time. Not much of a review, if there even was one. And then the non-goal that would have put the Kings up 3-2 was blown dead pretty quickly, since a Stars player knocked it free of his goalie’s glove and into the net. He sure didn’t have it very long. Kings showed some grit getting the win.

    • blomfeld - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      DON’T LOOK NOW !

      With all due respect to comrade Manchestermiracle and his trepidations, I can assure you friends that we’re “happening man” at just the right time! It’s like, first we’re gonna track down those quacks from Orange County … and then from there the “smorgasbord” really begins for us! … good times! :)

  2. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    The engines have started….

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    The game with Detroit has become a null entity for Dallas with consequence for Detroit in the table versus Wild and less likely, Jackets…sorry Texas!

    Columbus will out-muscle whatever muscle Dallas brings to the game…both teams fight as lightweights in the overall scheme of things!

    Stars are riding on adrenaline and the sort of League blessing failing franchises always see in need to find playoff revenue.

    Troublesome for Stars is they’re matching-up with Jackets who bring more adrenaline and more need…

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