Dallas Stars Playoff Hopes Look Bleak

April 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) celebrates with defenseman Drew Doughty (8) and center Jeff Carter (77) the 4-3 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars could ill-afford to lose a game this week as they make one final push for the playoffs.  Tuesday night the Stars ran into a stumbling block, blowing a 2-1 third period lead against the San Jose Sharks and losing 3-2.  It happened in a thirty second span when with just under six minutes to play Joe Pavelski scored to tie the game 2-2.  A half-minute later, Logan Couture cleaned up a loose puck and put it in the back of the net to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead that they would not lose.  The win clinched a playoff birth for the Sharks, their ninth in a row.  The loss cripples the Stars chances at making the playoffs.  The Stars, sitting three points back with only two games to go, need to win both of them and receive some major help.  Here are the latest standings…

Western conference playoff standings

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6. St. Louis Blues 56 points

7. Minnesota Wild 53 points (2 games remaining)

8. Columbus Blue Jackets 51 points (2 games remaining)

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9. Detroit Red Wings 5o points (3 games remaining)

10. Dallas Stars 48 points (2 games remaining)

 

Going to be a long shot for the Stars to make it.  One game Wednesday night greatly impacts the Stars playoff chances…

Los Angeles @ Detroit 7:30 PM ET

Stars fans are going to have to cheer for a division rival, something they probably don’t want to do, but they need the Kings to win just to hold the Red Wings at bay and in 9th place.  Have to see how it all plays out.

Topics: Dallas Stars, NHL, Playoffs

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