Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/21/12
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The Dallas Stars pulled out a 4-3 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center, a game where the Stars blew a 3-1 lead after two periods, coughing up two unanswered in the third, allowing Phoenix to force overtime and a shootout. And were it not for top goaltender Kari Lehtonen, Dave Tippett's Coyotes likely would have left town with the full two points. So, as the Stars sit with nine games remaining, is this a playoff team or not? Here's a look at several arguments on both sides of the ledger. YES They Remain in the Driver's Seat in the Division Even though the Stars currently lead the Pacific Division standings by just a single point over now second-place Los Angeles, they do still control their own destiny heading into the final stretch of games. If they can keep getting points, preferably the full two more often than not, then their chances of getting in and in the process ending a playoff dry spell that has reached three straigh...
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