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For the first time this season the results of the games actually separated some of the west teams, instead of making races tighter. Dallas won meaning a Stars-Ducks battle is likely inevitable, Calgary lost to Minnesota pretty much securing the Avs-Wild series , Nashville won and Vancouver lost, Detroit clinched the president's trophy. The top 4 seeds are set and the bottom four are likely set, even though it's possible for a few teams to switch around.

Because Calgary screwed the pooch last night The Avs are likely to face the Wild, meaning we have to sit through boring trap hockey for the next 5-9 games at the very least, and meaning that the Avs-Wild could end up facing each other a whopping 15 times this season. Maybe some Avs players should just get a condo in St. Paul, real estate is cheap right now.

Hopefully not a sign of things to come, but if anyone watched the 3rd period of Vancouver getting eliminated last night; they have every right o be seriously upset with the officials in the thirdd period. I realize they had an 8-2 PP advantage in the game (yet only scored 1 goal, obviously the Avs have rubbed off on them), but there were at least 3 obvious penalties in the last 5 minutes the refs didn't call on the Oil. Then the Canucks got called on 2 pretty ticky-tac penalties in the last 2 minutes. I don't think the Canucks deserve a playoff birth anyways, but the officiating at the end of that game was downright awful.