Here is the one game of note for Thursday night:
- Colorado @ Dallas
The Blackhawks win pushed them four points ahead of Dallas, but the Stars have tonight’s game in-hand. A Stars win would keep Dallas on the heels of the Blackhawks and Ducks for the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture with two games remaining.
Unfortunately, the Blackhawks got little/no help last night. The Coyotes and Kings went to a shootout – the dreaded three-point game – and the Ducks hammered the Sharks. With the win, the Kings clinched a playoff spot, while the single point for the Coyotes dropped them to sixth just two point ahead of Anaheim and Chicago.
The schedule for the rest of the regular season is pretty simple for the teams in the playoff picture in the West:
- Phoenix vs San Jose twice
- Nashville – vs Columbus, @ St. Louis
- Anaheim vs Los Angeles twice
- Chicago vs Detroit twice
- Dallas – home-and-home vs Colorado on Thursday and Friday, @ Minnesota on Sunday