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West update: Stars move ahead of Coyotes in wild card race

Apr 2, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT

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With the East impacts out of the way – long story short, the night was good for the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers and lousy for the Washington Capitals – it’s time to consider the West now that Tuesday’s late games are over.

  • It already seemed like the final wild card spot will come down to the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes, but Tuesday made it that much clearer. So far, it’s been a seesaw battle, with the Stars taking the final West wild card spot after pummeling the Capitals while the Coyotes fell to the desperate Winnipeg Jets 2-1 via a shootout. Both teams are tied at 85 standings points, but Dallas has a game in hand and tiebreaker advantages such as wins (37-36) and regulation/OT wins (34-30).
  • A 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers either dooms the Vancouver Canucks chances of catching the Stars and Coyotes or puts them in a mode where they’d probably need to win every game and get some help.
  • Again, the Jets won, so they staved off elimination for at least one more night. They’re one point behind Vancouver, so Winnipeg’s odds are even longer.
  • The San Jose Sharks gave up a 3-1 lead, fell behind 4-3 to the Edmonton Oilers and then rode two third-period goals to win 5-4 on Tuesday. They are within one point of the Anaheim Ducks for the Pacific Division lead, although Anaheim also holds two more games in hand. If nothing else, San Jose is that much closer to at least clinching a round of home-ice advantage.

Here’s a look at how the West standings shake out after Tuesday’s action:


  1. bildomac07 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Would love to see Dallas get in, young team with talent and a great goaltender. Probably missing some pieces to make a run, but to sneak in as an 8 seed would provide them with a lot of invaluable experience going forward. As a sidenote Dallas has played St Louis tough this season with both teams winning a game in OT, the Stars winning another 4-2 and another one to go the second to last game of the year. Benn-Seguin should be fun to watch over the next few seasons and Nischuskin could be a great fit with them as well.

    • darksidecowboy - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Yeah the top line with Benn, Seguin, and Nichushkin are young, lethal, and will give fits to defenses for years to come. The Stars need a second line though, which hopefully is addressed this off season.

  2. darksidecowboy - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Still think it comes down to the showdown in Glendale against the Yotes for the 8 seed. Tippett and company are the kings of OT, they get more OT wins than any other team, GO STARS!!!

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