2011-12 NHL Season: 7 Games This Week Determine Final Standings

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2011-12 NHL Season: 7 Games This Week Determine Final Standings
The San Jose Sharks are one of four teams that could either win the Pacific Division or miss the playoffs

From March 20-22, there are seven games that could make or break seasons. They are all match-ups of teams fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference or the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

But there is more at stake than mere statement performances. These teams are in races tight enough that rising to the occasion or blinking in that one game could tip the scales in the standings, leaving too little time to be caught or make up ground without the higher seeds stumbling.

I listed the games in chronological order in a related piece written for SportsRantz.com that talked about why each game was so pivotal. Here I will predict the outcome and the game's impact on both teams...

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