Playoff watch: Hot Stars hold strong in playoff race

With last night’s win over the Anaheim Ducks, the Stars maintained their three-point lead in the race for the Pacific Division crown and their five-point lead over the ninth-place spot in the standings.

It’s stating the obvious, but it’s tough for teams to gain ground on you when you keep racking up points. And that’s what the Stars are doing. Over the last ten games they have the best record in the NHL with 19 of a possible 20 points (9-0-1).

Sportsclubstats.com pushed the Stars' chances of making the playoffs up to 90.3 percent after Saturday night's games. Their chances of winning the Pacific Division sits at 56 percent.

Phoenix finally got back in the win column last night, snapping a five-game winless streak with a 3-0 home win over San Jose. The Coyotes remain three points behind the Stars in the division race. The Sharks are now winless in five and have dropped to ninth in the West, six points behind the Stars and one point behind eighth-seeded Colorado.

The Avalanche moved into a playoff spot with a 3-2 shootout win over Edmonton last night. The Avs, who have won three of their last four and seven of their last ten, have played three more games than San Jose and two more than Los Angeles and Calgary, who are two points behind them.

Los Angeles and Calgary both have a chance to move into the eighth spot today with wins. The Kings play at Chicago and the Flames play at Minnesota.

Western Conference Playoff Race

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