The Blues' next game is against Chicago. They haven't beat them yet this year so there is still a chance.
Except the game has no meaning to Chicago whatsoever, so if I were the Hawks, I would bench as many key guys as possible and if I can't bench them, I would give the 4th line "1st line" ice time, and vice versa.
The Blues, on the other hand, will be going hard for home ice in the first round.
We REALLY need to avoid St. Louis! I think we could still be the 4th against LA if the Blues lose and we beat LA in overtime or a shootout. Pretty unlikely though.
I'd rather play LA, Ana and Vancouver before St. Louis
From what I can tell, this is the situation at hand. First, the easy parts:
If the Sharks lose in regulation & Minnesota wins their final two, we tie but lose the ROW tiebreaker. Sharks go to Anaheim. LA holds the ROW tiebreaker so this situation cannot happen to them.
If the Sharks pick up a point or Minnesota fails to claim a point, they will finish no lower than 6th.
Now the mess, assuming Minnesota does not tie the Sharks. Based on what happens with the Blues game that morning:
If STL wins, they lock 4th place.
Winner of Sharks-Kings goes to STL, loser goes to VAN.
If STL loses in REG
Winner of Sharks-Kings locks 4th.
If LA loses in REG, they go to VAN. SJ hosts STL.
If SJ loses in REG, they go to VAN unless MIN wins last two games. LA hosts STL.
If LA loses in OT/SO, they tie STL but win on ROW. SJ hosts LA, STL to VAN.
If SJ loses in OT/SO, they tie STL but lose on ROW. LA hosts STL, SJ to VAN.
If STL loses in OT/SO
If LA wins in REG or OT, LA ties STL but win on ROW. LA hosts STL, SJ to VAN.
If Sharks win in REG or OT, SJ ties STL but loses on ROW. STL hosts SJ, LA to VAN.
Whew. I think that's all of it.
Why do I get the feeling that the least likely thing in this list is going to happen?
Yeah, he took Skinner's spot on Eric Staal's wing when Skinner went down with a concussion. They got some crazy chemistry pretty much right away. If it wasn't for Ward going down and other injuries the Canes would have had a much better season.
Skinner never played on Eric's wing, he usually plays with Jordan, or with scrubs. Tlusty has insane chemistry with Eric, and is an amazing garbage man. He's always in the right spot. Just a really good player that won't dazzle you with any particular skill. My prediction is that the Canes make the playoffs next year.
Especially if it goes to OT vs Kings (like last season's finale). Just score on yourself in that scenario and yell out "BRING ON THE NUCKS!!!!!"
Originally Posted by RainbowDash
Will we know the results of the Blue vs Hawks before they play?
I think the Sharks need to get at least 1 point to make sure the Wild don't pass us.
Originally Posted by Shark Fin Soup
Get a point then shoot the puck into our own net in OT to play Vancouver?
Originally Posted by ChompChomp
That game should be over before opening faceoff for Sharks/Kings, worst case it ends during first few minutes of 1st period.
Originally Posted by ChompChomp
Even more than that. If Sharks are up 1 with 30 seconds left against Kings in 3rd, let them score, get the point, and then put it in our own net in OT to play Couver.
If both teams try to tank, then we would basically be watching the hockey version of the South Park baseball episode where the kids want to lose and competing teams try to throw games as well.
so we can end up watching something like jets fans watched in the 3rd period last night against montreal.
i swear the jets players and coaches were told during the 2nd intermission that they had been eliminated from the playoffs. the team had so much jump and were playing so good in the 1st 2 periods, then they just came out and crapped the bed in the 3rd period.