With their 82 game marathon finally complete, theawait their opponent for the first round of the NHL playoffs. Four potential first round matchups, all dependent upon the final score of Chicago-Detroit's matchup tomorrow morning, are in play.
San Jose's potential opponents are as follows:
- If Chicago wins in regulation or overtime against Detroit, the Sharks will play the .
- [UPDATED]: If Chicago wins in shootout against Detroit, the Sharks will play the Nashville Predators [link].
- If Chicago loses in extra time against Detroit, the Sharks will play the the .
- If Chicago loses in regulation against Detroit, the Sharks will play the .
The eighth seed is still up for grabs of course, not that it effects San Jose due to their clinching of the second seed tonight. If Chicago loses in regulation and Dallas defeats the, the defending Stanley Cup Champions will miss the playoffs and Dallas would earn themselves a first round date against the .
Stay tuned for TCY's review of tonight's game, and join us tomorrow for a live watching party of the Chicago-Detroit game that will determine the Sharks first round opponent.