President’s Trophy races hardly ever come down to the wire like this season.

Going into Tuesday’s games, 7 teams are within one point of each other in the race for the President’s Trophy.

The Dallas Stars have been on an incredible run lately, which puts them in contention for finishing with the best regular season point total in the league. The odds increasingly looked in the Stars’ favor as Tuesday’s games progressed. Tuesday’s win in San Jose moved them from 6th to 2nd in the standings.

Wins are becoming more important as the Presidents’ Trophy race approaches its final nine games.

President’s Trophy Race

Seven teams went into Tuesday within one point of each other for the President’s Trophy. The Rangers, Bruins, Avalanche, Panthers, Stars, Canucks, and Hurricanes all sat at either 97 or 98 points. Plenty of teams in action on Tuesday led to the Rangers, Stars, and Bruins winning with a Panthers and Avalanche loss. The Stars are at 99 points on their remarkable season, fighting for the President’s Trophy.

The Rangers are one point ahead of the Stars with a game in hand. Getting to the playoff is most important, and the Stars are one point away from making that happen. Thursday is when the Stars can clinch a playoff spot. There’s lots more to do to clinch the Division, Conference, and Presidents’ Trophy.

Division Race

The Stars are holding onto the slimmest of margins in the Central Division race. This tight race saw the Stars and Avalanche leaving the Jets behind. The Stars are now at 99 points, 5 points ahead of the Jets and 2 points ahead of the Avalanche. This is a stark contrast compared to several weeks ago when the Stars found themselves in sole possession of 3rd place. This Central Division race is hotly contested and hasn’t disappointed all season long.

The last time the Stars won the Presidents’ Trophy was when they won the Stanley Cup. Recent history suggests the best point total in hockey doesn’t correlate to playoff success. Another Presidents’ Trophy banner hanging in the rafter of the American Airlines Center is tantamount to the success of this incredible Stars team. At least 7 players recorded at least 20 goals this season. That hasn’t happened in this franchise since the Minnesota days. The Stars also lead the league with 38 games with 4 or more goals.

The recipe for a Presidents’ Trophy is there. Things are heating up with 9 games left on the season.

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