San Jose Sharks Gameday: The True Meaning of Easter

Brent Burns: Dragon Jesus - Thearon W. Henderson

Taking a look at the playoff picture in the West and a guy sleeping in a park.

Here is a picture I took yesterday on Easter Sunday:


(Click to embiggen)

This is a park in Pasadena. The colorful objects you see scattered around are plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt for kids, hosted by a local community organization.

Also in the picture you can see a sleeping homeless man, who did not wake up or move as children scoured the lawn all around him picking up eggs.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

"A sense of wrongness, of fraught unease, as if long nails scraped the surface of the moon, raising the hackles of the soul."

-China Miéville, Perdido Street Station

Let's take a look at the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

1 * - Chicago 34 26 5 3 55 22
2 * - Anaheim 35 23 7 5 51 18
3 * - Minnesota 34 21 11 2 44 17
4 Vancouver 35 19 10 6 44 15
5 Los Angeles 35 20 12 3 43 19
6 San Jose 34 17 11 6 40 11
7 Detroit 35 17 13 5 39 15
8 Columbus 36 15 14 7 37 11
9 St. Louis 33 17 14 2 36 15
10 Dallas 34 16 15 3 35 15
11 Edmonton 34 14 13 7 35 12
12 Nashville 35 14 14 7 35 12
13 Phoenix 35 14 15 6 34 11

I've omitted Calgary and Colorado, because so will the playoffs.

Some observations about how things stand right now:

  • The Dallas Stars play eight of their remaining fourteen games against either the Ducks, Sharks, or Kings, including their next five games in a row. The BoC teams can keep the Stars out of the playoffs.
  • I certainly wouldn't mind if the Blue Jackets made the playoffs and the Red Wings didn't. Would any of you people mind?
  • St. Louis, with two games in hand on Detroit and three on the Blue Jackets, still has a very good chance of making the playoffs.
  • Those eleven Regulation/Overtime wins for the Sharks look like a HUGE liability, given how close things are in the West. That's the first tiebreaker at the end of the year, and it's something that's worth keeping an eye on as the season winds down.
  • Catching Anaheim for the Division lead is unlikely at this point, but any spot between fourth and missing the playoffs is still very much a possibility.

Tonight's opponent for the Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks, will be looking to try and take their division lead back from the Minnesota Wild. I don't really care which of those stupid loser teams wins the final Northwest championship, but the Sharks have been playing really well lately so that's probably good news for the Wild.

Prediction: Sharks win 4-2. Goals from Pavelski, Couture, Clowe (who is then immediately traded before the game is over), and Brent Burns (now playing as a goalie).

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