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A Sharks Win Keeps Pacific Hopes Alive

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 2:48 PM / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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