4yWin or lose tonight, losses by the Stars and Avs have clinched the San Jose Sharks a berth in the 2011-2012 NHL playoffs.
4yThe Sharks are gearing up for playoff hockey with a battle in Los Angeles. Watch the NHL action on CSN California and follow along online!More: NHL scoreboard Adversity yielding success?
4yThe Sharks need Antti Niemi, making his 20th straight start in goal Thursday in L.A., to step up in a crucial matchup with the rival Kings.More: Can adversity = success Clinch scenarios
4yTodd McLellan: "It hasnt been a dream season, but sometimes those seasons, if you get in, you can make them work in your favor.
4yDouglas Murray is healthy enough to participate in Sharks' practices, but Colin White's strong defensive play his keeping him off the ice. More: Conference standings Playoff scenarios
4yComing off back-to-back wins over the Stars, the Sharks are close to clinching a playoff berth. But the ways in which that could happen and the seed San Jose could end up with are very much up in the air.
4yThe Sharks and Kings end their regular seasons against one another with a home-and-home series and L.A. defenseman Drew Doughty said he was excited for the opportunity to keep San Jose out of the postseason.
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