No matter what happens the remainder of the NHL season, the Sharks know they will open at home as the No.2 seed, both overall and in the Western Conference. The question is who will they be playing?
The possibilities are down to just Colorado and Calgary, both of which have a playoff history with the Sharks. Nashville is cemented in the eighth spot with their loss on Friday.
Colorado and Calgary sit sixth and seventh respectively as the Avalanche have 93 points and the Flames have 92 points. Colorado holds the tie-breaker over Calgary and just one point in their final game would lock them into the sixth spot.
Colorado does not play until Sunday against Minnesota and Calgary plays Saturday in Vancouver (who was eliminated Thursday night). Thus, it is possible for San Jose to know their opponent as early as Saturday.
A loss in any form by Calgary would seal the sixth position for Colorado and send the Flames to San Jose.
If Calgary wins their game on Saturday and Colorado loses in regulation, the Avalanche will be coming to Silicon Valley.
Historically, the Sharks have a past with each, having played Colorado three times and winning once, and tangling with Calgary twice, splitting the two series.
On a note much further down the road, the only opponent the Sharks would not have home ice against would be Detroit, who they could not face until the Western Conference Finals. If Team Teal advances to the Stanley Cup Finals, they would have home ice against any Eastern Conference club.
NEXT GAME San Jose will close out the regular season Sunday at Noon against Dallas. The game will be on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.