If the NHL Season ended today the Vancouver Canucks would have the 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Dallas Stars would hold the 8 seed in the Western Conference as of today. Dallas has won 2 straight games with a 3 to 1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday and a 4 to 1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.
Dallas faces Vancouver on Sunday. Vancouver obtained the one seed by ending the Detroit Red Wings 23 game home winning streak at Joe Louis Arena.
Roberto Luongo can be one of the NHL’s better goaltenders for Vancouver. Backup Cory Schneider can be an effective goaltender too. Dallas needs to score on Vancouver early like they have the past few games to keep their momentum going.
The Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, and Colorado Avalanche are all within 2 points in striking distance of Dallas. Its critical to keep the momentum going so Dallas can get in the postseason. 7 teams in the Western Conference have more than 70 points. Dallas is the best team in the Western Conference with under 70 points at 68 points.
Dallas only has 20 games left in the regular season at this point. Its critical to win as many as possible to secure a playoff spot. Defeating Vancouver Sunday would send a huge statement on Sunday. Dallas needs to make a statement win so other teams take them more seriously as a contender.
Maybe a big win Sunday allows them to secure a quality player at the trade deadline. The NHL trade deadline will be this Monday.