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Playoff watch: Key divisional games tonight

3/10/2012

The Los Angeles Kings lost last night, giving up two late goals as they fell 4-3 at Detroit. The loss dropped the Kings to 10th place in the West. They’re still only one point out of a playoff spot, but they squandered a chance to gain some gain some ground in the race.

Either the San Jose Sharks or Phoenix Coyotes will turn around their fortunes tonight. They meet in Glendale, Arizona, so one of those teams is picking up two points.

So the Stars the Stars need to pick up some points tonight against Anaheim to keep the pressure on those team below them. Picking up points will help them maintain their lead in the Pacific Division and maintain or pad that lead over the ninth place spot. Although it’s easy to get giddy about where they sit in the standings right now, there’s still work to do to clinch a playoff spot.

The Ducks chances of making the playoffs are pretty slim but they aren’t entirely out of it, so their desperation level should be pretty high when they play the Stars tonight.

Calgary won last night against Winnipeg to move into ninth place with 74 points. The Flames have the exact same record as the Kings (31-25-12), but hold the regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker.

Colorado hosts Edmonton this afternoon. The Avs, who are tied with the Kings and Flames at 74 points, have a chance to jump ahead of both those teams. Depending on how the Sharks-Coyotes game turns out, the Avs could be in a playoff spot by the end of the night. But they have to pick up two points.

Western Conference Playoff Race

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