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Playoff Picture 2012: Sharks Will Be Watching The Kings On Monday Night

While the San Jose Sharks are in the best position of any of their Pacific Division rivals to write their own destiny and blaze their own path into the playoffs, winning out the season remains a tall order, particularly for a team that has played as unevenly as San Jose has over the past month-plus.

The Los Angeles Kings, current holders of first place in the division and the accompanying No. 3 playoff seed, will host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. All other teams in the Pacific will be watching the game with great interest. The Coyotes, Sharks and Star are all within two points of the division leaders and a Kings loss would leave the door wide open for any of them, none more so than the Sharks, who play a home-and-home series with Los Angeles to close out the season on Thursday and Saturday.

NHL Pacific Division Standings
Team Games W-L-OL Pts Remaining
LA Kings
79 39-27-13 91 2 home / 1 road
79 39-27-13 91 1 home / 2 road
San Jose
79 40-29-10 90 1 home / 2 road
79 42-32-5 89 2 home / 1 road
Anaheim 79 33-35-11 77 0 home / 3 road
Through games of April 1

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