The San Jose Sharks were seven seconds away from being eliminated from the Pacific Division title, but an extra attacker goal by the Dallas Stars sent their contest with Anaheim to overtime and then a shootout. Dallas came up with the shootout victory, limiting the Ducks to one point and keeping the Pacific Divison race in limbo.
For Team Teal, the following options are now in play.
1) A Sharks victory Saturday against Vancouver, combined with an Anaheim regulation loss in Columbus, would secure San Jose their third Pacific Division title in the past six seasons. That would mean the second seed in the West and home ice for games one and two.
2) A Sharks victory Saturday against Vancouver, combined with a Nashville regulation loss in Colorado, and an Anaheim victory or overtime/shootout loss, would make Team Teal the four seed in the West and give San Jose home ice for the first round against Nashville.
3) Should Anaheim secure one point against Columbus and Nashville obtain one point against Colorado, or San Jose fails to defeat Vancouver, the Sharks would be locked into the fifth seed and open in Nashville, provided Dallas does not win their final contest.
4) Should Anaheim secure one point against Columbus and Nashville obtain one point against Colorado, Dallas wins their final contest and San Jose fails to get one point versus Vancouver, the Sharks would be seeded sixth.
The Sharks-Canucks battle will begin at 1 p.m. PST (FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX, sjsharks.com), while the Ducks-Blue Jackets contest will start at 4 p.m. PST and the Avalanche-Predators game has a 6 p.m. PST start.