Stars playoff possibilities coming into focus, but it's complicated

Stars vs. Blue Jackets

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Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas faces the Columbus Blue Jackets' attack during the first period at American Airlines Center on April 9, 2014. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 10:10 PM

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are hoping their last home game of the season is a big night.

“I know tonight if we win we can make the playoffs. If we don't, I think we can push Sunday for that do or die game,” Stars center Tyler Seguin said.

But for now, the Stars are still not in the playoffs. They do lead Phoenix by two points for the last playoff spot with two games to play.

“We have a lot of young guys who have never been in this situation and I think everybody feels the excitement,” Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think some guys feel the anxiety of 'let's get this done.'”

“We want to focus on this game 20 minutes at a time,” says Stars center Vernon Fiddler. “We know what's at stake here and we want to keep the destiny in our hands.”

The simple scenario for the Stars is to win Friday, then they're in the playoffs. If they don't, well then, it gets a little more complicated.

“The Stars magic number is two,” Stars play-by-play broadcaster Ralph Strangis says. “That is a combination of Dallas Stars points earned and or Phoenix Coyotes points lost.”

But that's not all.

“The Stars can win in regulation, or overtime or shootout, and they're in,” Strangis said.

Wait there is more.

“Phoenix can lose against San Jose in Phoenix in regulation on Saturday, the Stars are in,” Strangis said.

And we're not done  yet.

“If a combination of two points is achieved by both teams (the Stars getting one aggregate point in their next two games and the Coyotes getting one aggregate point in their next two games), that also constitute the two points the Stars need to get into the playoffs and they would be in,” Strangis says.

“They will go in as the eighth seed. They can raise no higher than that and they can play a possible one of three teams when the playoffs begin; that being either St. Louis, Anaheim or Colorado.”

“Should they play Anaheim, the Stars would move to the pacific division where they would be seeded at the bottom of the pacific division and get the pacific division winner of the middle round and could potentially, as a central division team, represent the pacific division in the conference final,” Strangis explained.

Of course the simple answer is to just win a game and they’re in.

 

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