Mathematics put an almost certainty on the Dallas Stars making the playoffs this year. It will take a colossal meltdown to squander the 99.9% chance of qualifying the Stars have. Now is the time to start thinking about matchups and studying who their opponents are. Odds are that the Stars will finish 2nd or 3rd in the division thanks to the Jets keeping on winning. There is now a high probability that the Colorado Avalanche are the first team the Stars see in the playoffs. Less than 20 games to go means it’s crunch time to secure those final few points needed to determine their final outcome. Who will they see in the First Round?

Most Likely: Avalanche

The Stars and Avalanche are best buddies. They both have eliminated each other in the playoffs several times. The Stars have three Game 7 victories against the Avalanche. The Avalanche are looking for redemption after their First Round exit last year at the hands of the Seattle Kraken. It depends on which of these teams finishes 2nd in the division for home-ice advantage. Avoiding this matchup as much as possible is beneficial for the Stars. The Avalanche are a tough team to play against with Stanley Cup-winning experience in their 2022 Championship.

Jets

Playing the Jets is a first for the Stars in franchise history. The only scenario where this happens is if the Avalanche take the division. The Jets can do some damage in the playoffs. They are on the hot seat for a division win. Any of the three teams in this division race can go far into the playoffs. It’s up to the Stars, Jets, and Avalanche on who wants the division. Whoever doesn’t will play each other most likely. The Jets have the highest probability to win the division so the Stars may see them later in the playoffs.

Wild Card Chaos

The Stars can play a Wild Card team if they win the division. The Pacific Division is wide open so a potential matchup from there can be the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars only saw them once in the playoffs and that was before the Moon Landing. Only one playoff series exists between them in several decades. Another matchup can be a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final in the Vegas Golden Knights. The Stars would love an opportunity for revenge after being knocked out last year by the eventual Cup Champions. The Edmonton Oilers could drop down there too. Connor McDavid is hard to play against in a team the Stars haven’t seen in the playoffs for over 20 years. Another Wild Card team the Stars have experience against is the Predators. The odds are not in favor for the Blues, Kraken, or Flames making it back but the Stars have a recent history against all of them. The Stars are the only team ever in the NHL to eliminate the Kraken.

Playoffs are around the corner with less than 20 games left. The Stars are all but guaranteed a spot. They control their own destiny on who they want to play in the First Round of the long dance.

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