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A Sharks Win Keeps Pacific Hopes Alive

Wednesday, 04.9.2014 / 11:48 AM PT / News
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A Sharks Win Keeps Pacific Hopes Alive
The San Jose Sharks will get one last crack at a possible Pacific Division title when they face the Anaheim Ducks in the finale of the NHL\'s five-game schedule Wednesday night.

The San Jose Sharks will get one last crack at a possible Pacific Division title in the finale of the NHL's five-game schedule Wednesday night.

San Jose (49-21-9) can move within a point of first place in the Pacific when it visits the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Anaheim (51-20-8) is three points ahead of the Sharks and each team has three games remaining.

The Ducks would clinch the Pacific Division title if they defeat the Sharks in any fashion. That result also would clinch a first-round matchup between the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, with the Sharks having home-ice advantage.

The night gets underway with the Chicago Blackhawks seeking their fourth consecutive victory despite injuries to forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Chicago, which trails the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division by four points with three games to go, hosts the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal resides in second place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Detroit Red Wings, who hold the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. The Red Wings would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they get at least one point against the Penguins.

Detroit is one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will take on the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Blue Jackets would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Stars in any fashion.

Here's a closer look at the action Wednesday:

Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m. ET, RDS, TSN, CSN-CH)

Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, TSN2, NBCSN)

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET, FS-O, FS-SW)

Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames (10 p.m. ET, TSN, KCOP-13)

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (10:30 p.m. ET, TSN2, NBCSN)

The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season points and regardless of division. It is possible for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends just three.

Seeding of the wild-card teams within each divisional playoff will be determined on the basis of regular-season points. The division winner with the most points in the conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the fewest points; the division winner with the second-most points in the conference will play the wild-card team with the second-fewest points.

The teams finishing second and third in each division will play in the first round of the playoffs. There is no reseeding as the tournament moves to the second round and winners of that series advance to the conference championship series and the right to play in the Stanley Cup Final.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
2 ANA 75 46 22 7 219 211 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
8 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
9 LAK 73 36 23 14 196 182 86
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 74 22 44 8 154 246 52

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 73 35 31 11 66
J. Thornton 69 14 48 -3 62
L. Couture 73 23 35 -6 58
B. Burns 73 16 37 -4 53
P. Marleau 73 15 34 -19 49
T. Wingels 66 15 18 -5 33
T. Hertl 73 12 16 -3 28
M. Nieto 63 7 16 -11 23
M. Vlasic 68 8 14 10 22
M. Karlsson 44 13 8 -1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 28 22 7 .914 2.60
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .903 2.65
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