After tonight's games, we know a few things:
- Vancouver will finish third, Phoenix will finish fourth and Colorado will definitely finish eighth.
- The Hawks, regardless of this weekend's outcomes will not face the scum in the first round.
- If the Hawks win, or the Sharks lose in regulation, or the Sharks and Hawks both lose in OT/SO, then the Hawks win with the conference's best record.
Now, it gets interesting. The scum can finish in the 5,6,or 7 slot based on games this weekend. They lose all tie-breakers with Nashville and Los Angeles.
If the Predators and the Kings win out and the Hawks win in regulation, the scum will face the Sharks in the first round. Remember it's time for the Sharks annual gagfest in the playoffs. A sharks choke could set up a second round match up with the scum.
If the Hawks win in OT/SO, the scum will finish in the five or six slot depending on how LA does, Nashville could not catch the scum. LA is two points behind the scum, but has a game in hand.
If the Kings win out, they finish fifth. If they tie with Nashville, they would lose tie-breaks against Nashville based on wins first, or head-to-head. The Kings need three points to guarantee the sixth spot and three points and a Hawks regulation win to guarantee the fifth spot.
Nashville isn't looking too good. If they lose to St. Louis in regulation and L.A. gets any points, they finish seventh. They could get the six spot if they win, L.A. loses and fails to get at least two points in their two games. Add to that a Hawks regulation win and they finish fifth. That's asking for a lot of help.
So how would you like the season to end out?