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by George Malik on 04/10/11 at 02:45 AM ET
The San Jose Sharks ’ 3-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night earned the Sharks second place in the Western Conference, and, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan, while the Western Conference Standings still look somewhat spaghettified, the 3rd-place Wings can only face one of two possible opponents:
Anaheim defeated Los Angeles 3-1 and clinched the fourth seed. The Red Wings will play the No. 6 seed in the first round of the playoffs, which will be either Nashville or Phoenix.
If Chicago defeats Detroit on Sunday (in regulation or overtime), the Red Wings will play Nashville. If the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks (regulation, overtime or a shootout), Detroit will face Phoenix.
If Chicago beats Detroit in a shootout, that will create a three-way tie between the Blackhawks, Predators and Coyotes for the fifth, sixth and seventh seeds (each club would have 99 points and 38 regulation/OT wins). Their standing would be determined by the season series tiebreaker, which Chicago would win, giving the Blackhawks the fifth seed.
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