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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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