Sunday, February 26, 2012
Sunday playoff race watch
By Mark Stepneski
Everybody in the race for the final spot that played last night picked up points last night, so the battle for eighth remains very tight one day before the trade deadline.
The Stars are tied with the Kings and Avalanche at 68 points, but still hold down that final spot because of the tiebreakers.
The Kings, who beat Chicago 4-0 yesterday, and Stars have played the same number of games, but the Stars own the regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker over them.
The Avalanche, who won 4-3 at Detroit Saturday, have played one more game than both the Stars and Kings, so they currently rank tenth because they have the lower points percentage.
Calgary blew a 3-0 for the second straight game, this time against Philadelphia, and lost in a shootout. They are now one point back and rank 11th.
Phoenix won again and is now 10-0-1 in its last 11 games. The Coyotes are the Pacific Division leaders this morning. They are two points ahead of San Jose, which lost 6-2 at Nashville yesterday. The Sharks have two games in hand, and play one of those games at Minnesota today.
The Wild need a win keep pace in the race. So does Anaheim, which hosts Chicago today.