Playoff watch: Stars in first in Pacific

March, 25, 2012
3/25/12
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When the Stars won over Calgary on Saturday afternoon they moved into first place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference, and when play wrapped up Saturday night they were still in that position.

It’s still tight though. Just one point separates the Pacific Division leading Stars and San Jose, which is currently fourth in the division race and ninth in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles, which had been in the first in the Pacific, had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to Boston. The Kings dropped to eighth place in the West.

Phoenix, which could have taken over first in the division with a win, lost 4-3 in a shootout to San Jose. The Coyotes, who are in seventh place, and Stars are tied at 87 points, but Phoenix has played one more game and the Stars hold the division lead based on a better points percentage.

The Sharks are tied with the Kings 86 points, but the Sharks are ninth in the West. Both teams have played the same number of games, but the Kings hold the regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker, 31-30.

Colorado dropped from ninth to 10th after its 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver. The Avalanche also have 86 points, but they have played two more games than both San Jose and Los Angeles. Vancouver clinched the Northwest Division title with the win over Colorado.

The Flames, who are still in eleventh place, are three points out of the final playoff spot and they have six games left on their schedule.

The only team in the Pacific Division race playing Sunday night is Phoenix, which hosts St. Louis.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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