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Mar 24, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) waits for play to begin against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at the American Airlines Center. Lehtonen is named the number one star of the game. The Stars defeated the Jets 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars 1 Point Behind Phoenix for Final Playoff Spot in the West

If the playoffs began today, the Dallas Star would be caught on the outside looking in. But the playoffs don’t begin today and the Stars have 11 games to correct their situation. The Stars control their own destiny as they will face off against current Wild Card Team, Phoenix, in the final game of the season

It seems every year it comes down to this. The past two seasons the Dallas Stars sat on the cusp, only to suffer late season collapses and miss the playoffs entirely. This season it feels a little different.

The new-look 2013-2014 Dallas Stars are different from top to bottom. New Head Coach Lindy Ruff brings with him a winning culture that seems to be taking hold. The young and inexperienced team understands the gravity of the situation and is focused in on the playoff race.

The Coyotes hold the final Wild Card spot in the West with 80 points while the Stars currently sit right behind with 79 points and are watching them closely…

Stars’ Ray Whitney said,

We all look up to see the out-of-town scores Everybody these last three weeks will be doing that. We’re certainly watching what the other teams are doing.

Both teams play again tonight. The Stars face the Blackhawks at 8 ET while the Coyotes face the Penguins at 7 ET.

 

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