Programming note: Capitals-Sharks coverage starts Saturday at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California
The Sharks can clinch their 10th straight playoff appearance on Saturday when they host the Washington Capitals.
A San Jose win or overtime/shootout loss against Washington, coupled with a regulation loss by Dallas in their game vs. Ottawa or a regulation loss by Phoenix against Boston, would give San Jose it’s automatic berth.
If San Jose beats Washington and the Stars earn only one point, the Sharks are in.
The Sharks have the second-longest streak of playoff appearances in the NHL, trailing Detroit’s 22 in a row. The Red Wings, who moved to the Eastern Conference in the offseason, are currently one point out of the final wild card spot.