The San Jose Sharks will spend Friday afternoon glued to their television sets. Although the Sharks moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division by defeating the Los Angeles Kings in a 6-5 shootout victory on Thursday night, there is still a chance that the Phoenix Coyotes could take the top spot in the division and its accompanying No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Dallas Stars lost on Thursday, meaning that the Coyotes, Kings and Sharks all clinched playoff berths. But the order of seeding is not yet determined. The Coyotes have two games remaining and if they can win out the season, they will clinch the Pacific Division outright. That will be a tall order, however, as a rough win against the St. Louis Blues will in no way come easily.
Friday's game between the Coyotes and the Blues will begin at 4:30 p.m. PT and both the Sharks and Kings will be watching in rapt attention. Should the Coyotes lose in regulation, the Pacific Division title will be decided in Saturday's game between the Kings and the Sharks in San Jose.