San Jose Sharks: How The West Was Won…Mostly
Tonight will be the last non-Pacific Division opponent for the San Jose Sharks. After the game with the Calgary Flames the Sharks have 8 games against divisional opponents: 2 games against the Los Angeles Kings, 3 games against the Phoenix Coyotes, 1 game against the Dallas Stars (Elbowgate 2), and 2 games against the Anaheim Ducks.
One thing I tried to calculate was the minimum number of Sharks wins against which opponent needed to guarantee another Pacific Division banner. I found that - since everyone in the Pacific is playing everyone else - it’s pretty much impossible to calculate. However because I need to keep things very Rain Man-like I’ve decided that, at a minimum, the Sharks need to accomplish the following:
That would give the Sharks a 6-3 record to wind out the season and SHOULD give them the Pacific crown. And if anything I think the Sharks should concede the Western Conference second seed to the Detroit Red Wings because they have at least 4 of their remaining 9 games against teams that are pretty much out of the playoffs, whereas the Sharks are playing teams that are not only in the hunt for a playoff spot but competing with each other for said spots.
I want all 5 Pacific Division teams in the playoffs. First it a matter of the ‘devil you know’ versus the ‘devil you don’t know’, and the travel is easier. My friend torturedkingsfan wants the entire Pacific in the playoffs…except the Ducks. Any other opinions?
NOTES: Scott Nichol might be back tonight, and Logan Couture’s injury is apparently not as bad as it looked. Joe Pavelski was the NHL’s ‘First Star of the Week’ for last week’s 8 assist, 3 goal output.