Playoff watch: Another night of key games

Everybody in the Western Conference was off last night, but there are plenty of big games tonight.

By the end of the end of the night, the Stars could be anywhere from third in the West to out of a playoff spot. A win, obviously, keeps them at least in the top eight.

The Stars and Flames, of course, kick of their home-and-home series this afternoon at American Airlines Center. Both teams need the win because if they don’t then the pressure will really be on when the two teams meet again Monday in Calgary.

Los Angeles, the current Pacific Division leader, hosts Boston tonight. The Kings have won six straight. The Bruins are 2-5-0 in their last seven games.

Seventh place Phoenix is at tenth place San Jose. Those two teams are separated by two points.

Ninth place Colorado hosts Vancouver.

Detroit and Nashville both have games as well. They are battling Chicago for that fourth seed, which brings home ice advantage in the first round. The Blackhawks are idle.

Western Conference Playoff Race

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

x = clinched playoff spot.