Playoff watch: Standings get even tighter

The Phoenix Coyotes won Sunday night, rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the third period and then beating Edmonton 3-2 in a shootout. With the two points the Coyotes tied the Stars at 83, but the Stars remain atop of the Pacific Division because they have played one fewer game and have the better points percentage. Those two teams will break the tie in points Tuesday night when they play in Dallas.

Phoenix’s victory means that Colorado now holds the eighth spot and the Avalanche have 83 points, the same number as the Stars and Coyotes. That’s a sign of how tight things are. Colorado has, however, played two more games than the Stars and one more than Phoenix.

Calgary lost 2-1 in a shootout to Columbus Sunday night. The point gave the Flames 81, leaving them in 11th place and two points behind the Stars and two points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The key game of note Monday tonight is San Jose hosting Anaheim. The Sharks, who are currently in ninth place, can take over first place in the Pacific Division and that third seed in the West with a win over the Ducks.

Western Conference Playoff Race

The Western Conference playoff race. ROW = Regulation/Overtime wins. DIFF = goal differential.

x = clinched playoff spot.