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Video: Stars take over second Wild Card spot in the West

Feb 8, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

The Dallas Stars go into the Olympic break holding on to the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, according to NHL.com. That comes courtesy a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Coyotes entered the game as the No. 2 Wild Card team, but relinquished that by the final buzzer. The Stars and Coyotes have identical records of 27-21-10 and are tied in points with 64. But the Stars have one more regulation-overtime win (ROW) than the Coyotes, to jump into what would be the final playoff spot in the conference if the post-season was to start tomorrow.

The race for the Wild Card in the West is now taking shape for the stretch drive, which will begin when the NHL schedule resumes on Feb. 25.

The Minnesota Wild seem comfortably ahead in the first Wild Card spot, with 69 points. Behind them, it’s the Stars and Coyotes at 64 points; the struggling Vancouver Canucks – they lost again tonight – at 63 points; Winnipeg Jets at 62 points and even the Nashville Predators are still hanging around at 60 points.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    *** This Message is for Fans of the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings Only ***

    ****************************************************************************************

    TIME TO GET MOVING !

    Friends, while this Olympic break is a ‘welcome’ respite no doubt, the fact remains that we Kings had better get going here in ‘no’ uncertain terms come February 25th. They’re all closing fast now and so it’s “every hand to his rope or gun, with ‘quick’ being the word and ‘sharp’ being the the action” as an English officer might have once said during the Napoleonic Wars. The bottom line is that ‘now’ is the time for us to act … and God willing we will !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. nicofthenorthstar - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Clown. Go post on a kings article. By the way, the slide will continue and the kings will miss the playoffs.

  3. gallyhatch - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Huh, all this time I thought the Blackhawks were the Stanley Cup Champs.

    • blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      trust me Gallyhatch, if Tiger Woods turned in a score card at the Masters on Sunday claiming victory which showed that he only played 10 of 18 holes, not only would he be DQ’d from the tournament, but as well he would face a very hefty fine in addition to likely being barred ‘for life’ from the course …

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