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Stars gain ground on Coyotes for Wild Card spot after beating Jets

Mar 25, 2014, 1:21 AM EST

Antoine Roussel, Al Montoya, Adam Pardy AP

The margin for error in the Western Conference lessened again on Monday.

The Dallas Stars moved to within one point of the Phoenix Coyotes for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference after hanging on to defeat the Winnipeg Jets by a final score of 2-1.

The Coyotes earned a single point in a overtime loss to the New York Rangers – goalie Mike Smith left the game late with a lower-body injury and was still being evaluated afterward – so they remain just barely ahead of the Stars, who have one game in hand.

“We all look up to see the out-of-town scores,” Stars’ veteran forward Ray Whitney told the Dallas Morning News. “Everybody these last three weeks will be doing that. We’re certainly watching what the other teams are doing.”

Even the Vancouver Canucks, with their struggles since the start of January and injury problems – the latest being Henrik Sedin – are still only four points back of Phoenix. Both the Coyotes and Stars have games in hand on Vancouver.

Both the Stars and Coyotes are in action on Tuesday. The Coyotes are on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Stars are in Chicago to play the Blackhawks.

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  1. darksidecowboy - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Both Stars and Yotes have two big games against big teams, I have a feeling if one them beats the Pens and Hawks they’ll make the playoffs. Still a tall order, could be up to the backups with Thomas and Greiss. Depending on the severity of Smith’s knee it could be a boon for the Stars. Wouldn’t wish that on any athlete, but it’s the truth. After all Dallas drafted Smitty. Good luck to both teams, but go get em’ STARS!

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