March to the Playoffs: A Frenetic Finish in the Pacific Division

With 6 days remaining in the NHL Regular Season, the race to the Stanley Sup Playoffs in the Pacific Division is as tight as putting on a pair of skinny jeans. 4 teams are separated by 2 points and each has 3 games left in their schedule. Here’s the breakdown:

Dallas Stars

  • 4/3 vs. San Jose
  • 4/5 @ Nashville
  • 4/7 vs. St. Louis

Los Angeles Kings

  • 4/2 vs. Edmonton
  • 4/5 vs. San Jose
  • 4/7 @ San Jose

Phoenix Coyotes

  • 4/3 vs. Columbus
  • 4/6 @ St. Louis
  • 4/7 @ Minnesota

San Jose Sharks

  • 4/3 @ Dallas
  • 4/5 @ Los Angeles
  • 4/7 vs. Los Angeles

After a 3-0 shutout in San Jose Saturday night, the 6th and final meeting between the Sharks and the Stars is important to both teams. However, the Sharks are have garnered a point in the 5 previous meetings against the Stars this season (4-0-1). If the Stars don’t manage to get points against San Jose, their season is likely over, because it’s gonna be extremely tough to get points against both the Predators and the Blues. For the Coyotes, they might get in as long as Mike Smith stays red-hot in net. However, the Blue Jackets bested the Coyotes in the 3 previous meetings during this season; one of the few positive notes for the worst team in the NHL. If the Coyotes finish in 7th or 8th in the Western Conference, the game Friday night in St. Louis will be a primer for a potential 7-game playoff series against the Blues. Most likely, the Pacific Division title will be decided between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. These two teams finish the season with a home-and-home series against each other, and as well as these two teams have been doing, the final two games will make the difference on who faces either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Vancouver Canucks/St. Louis Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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