Home Sports How can the Sharks still win the Pacific Division?

How can the Sharks still win the Pacific Division?

4 min read

			How can the Sharks still win the Pacific Division?

SAN JOSE — It’s shaping up to be an intriguing Thursday night at SAP Center.

Whether it actually clarifies anything as far as where the Sharks will finish in the Pacific Division remains to be seen.

Thanks to their 3-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday, and Edmonton’s 6-4 loss in Los Angeles, the Sharks can still earn home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

If the Sharks beat the Oilers on Thursday in regulation time and earn two points from Calgary on Saturday, they’ll finish no worse than second in the Pacific and have home ice advantage for the first round — probably against Edmonton.

The Sharks will have 101 points if that happens. The Oilers can also finish with as many as 101 points, but they would lose the tie-breaker with the Sharks.

San Jose would have 44 or 45 regulation or overtime wins, depending on how they beat the Flames, and Edmonton would have a maximum of 42 if they beat Vancouver twice to end the regular season.

The Sharks could also conceivably still win the Pacific if they win their two remaining games and Anaheim loses its last two in regulation time. The Ducks host Chicago on Thursday and Los Angeles on Sunday. Anaheim has 41 regulation or overtime wins after they beat Calgary 3-1 on Tuesday.

The Sharks controlled the division with a nine-point lead on the morning of March 15. But even after a six-game slide, they still have a chance to gain home ice. And with the prospect of starting the playoffs without either Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, every advantage — perceived or otherwise — will help.

“I don’t know what the other games were, but if you win the next two, give yourself a decent shot of trying to get home ice. So, that’s the goal,” Sharks forward Joel Ward said after Tuesday’s win. “Win the next two and kind of get rolling going into the playoffs.”

After Tuesday, sportsclubstats.com listed the Sharks as having a 60 percent chance of finishing third in the division.

The web site also calculates that the Sharks have a 37 percent chance of finishing second in the Pacific and a three percent of winning the division. The Sharks will not finish worse than third.

“We want to try to win out and give ourselves the best possible scenario going into the playoffs with home ice,” Sharks center Chris Tierney said. “We’re just going to keep working every day, try to get better and try to string a couple wins together.”

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Angelina Scott
Load More In Sports

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ biggest need was exposed against Tennessee

Highlights   ABOVE: Cam Inman and Dieter Kurtenbach talk about the 49ers’ …