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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 4/26/2013

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 2:47 PM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp
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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 4\/26\/2013

If you watch only one Sharks game this year make sure it’s Saturday night at 7:00pm on Comcast SportsNet. That’s when the Sharks face-off against the Kings in LA. The hockey world will be watching as final western seedings and potentially home ice will be up for grabs.

This will be the final game of the year for both clubs. Through 47 games, the Sharks and Kings have each earned 57 points. The Kings hold any tie-breaker with the Sharks. With so many overtime and shootout points in the mix, there are a number of potential conclusions to the playoff rush.

Darin Stephens--@SharksStats--is Comcast SportsNet’s statistical producer for their games and has crunched the numbers and has come up with every possibility that affects the Sharks.

If Blues win Saturday:

- Blues will be 4th seed

- Sharks/Kings winner will be 5th seed

Sharks/Kings game ends with Sharks win:

- Sharks would be 5th seed

- Kings will be 6th seed (hold ROW tiebreaker over Wild)

- 7th & 8th seeds DET/MIN/CBJ

Sharks/Kings game ends with Kings win in regulation:

- Kings would be 5th seed

- Sharks would be 6th seed if Minnesota earns 3 points or fewer in their two remaining games

- Sharks would be 7th seed if Minnesota wins both remaining games

Sharks/Kings game ends with Kings win in OT/SO:

- Blues would be 4th seed

- Kings would be 5th seed

- Sharks would be 6th seed

If Blues earn 1 point Saturday:

- Finish 4th if Sharks win (Sharks finish 5th)

- Finish 5th if Kings win (Kings finish 4th)

- If Kings win, Sharks finish 6th or 7th, depending on how the Wild do in the 2 remaining games, and whether or not Sharks-Kings is 3-point game

If Blues lose in regulation Saturday:

- Sharks/Kings winner is 4th

- If 3-point game and Sharks win: Sharks 4th, Kings 5th, Blues 6th

- If 3-point game and Kings win or if Kings win in regulation: Kings 4th, Blues 5th, Sharks 6th

- If Sharks win in regulation: Sharks 4th, Blues 5th, Kings 6th

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There will NOT be a quiz on this information. As you can see, this is rather complicated. In the best circumstances Saturday’s game could determine home ice between San Jose and Los Angeles. Home ice could be HUGE in round 1. The Sharks went 17-2-5 at home while the Kings went 18-4-1 at Staples Center.

Regardless of who San Jose plays, and where they play, the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin early next week.

Make sure to tune in Saturday night on Comcast SportsNet, and also plan to be part of entire league Playoff excitement. Follow SJSharks.com for game and playoff details.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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