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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Playoff watch: Sharks back on top of the Pacific

By Mark Stepneski

The San Jose Sharks are on top of the Pacific Division for the first time since February 25. The Sharks beat Colorado last 5-1. The Sharks went 3-0-0 on their just concluded homestand that also included wins over Phoenix and Boston.

The Stars slipped to seventh place after their regulation loss in Calgary. The Stars are 2-4-0 in their last six games. Wednesday’s game against Edmonton is big because looming on the horizon is that big back-to-back with games at Vancouver and San Jose.

The Kings lost 1-0 at Vancouver as they opened a three-game road trip through Western Canada. After stringing together six straight wins, the Kings have now dropped two straight in regulation.

The Kings’ loss and the Stars’ loss in Calgary last night were good news for Phoenix. The Coyotes don’t play again until Thursday, so neither one of those teams will get too far ahead by the time Phoenix has its next chance to get points.

Colorado, is now winless in its last three games (0-2-1) with the two regulation losses coming against San Jose and Phoenix. The Avalanche have only four games left and it’s starting to look like they’ll have to run the table to have a chance.

Calgary’s in the same boat. Last night’s win over the Stars was a start for the Flames, who host the Kings on Wednesday.

There are no games tonight that will have an impact on the Stars, but Wednesday will be another pivotal night.