Playoff chances take huge hit

March 20, 2012, 5:33 pm
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Just how much did San Joses loss to Anaheim on Monday night hurt its playoff chances?

According to the mathematically oriented, a lot. The Sharks have just a 55.8 percent chance of making the postseason tournament, according to the site down 14.6 percent after the uninspired defeat to the last place Ducks.

Meanwhile, the schedule isnt very friendly down the stretch, either. Seven of the Sharks final 10 games will be with teams they are in direct competition with for what appears to be three open spots.

San Jose faces Los Angeles three times, and Phoenix and Dallas twice each. The remaining three games are against the defending champion Bruins, a surging Colorado club led surprisingly by former Shark Jamie McGinn, and one more match with Anaheim, which has beat the Sharks in four of five games.

The Sharks (36-26-10) are currently in tenth place in the Western Conference tied with Los Angeles with 82 points, but with one fewer regulationOT win than the Kings.