Breaking Down the Race for the Final NHL Playoff Spots in Western Conference

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Breaking Down the Race for the Final NHL Playoff Spots in Western Conference
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The San Jose Sharks are on the verge of returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Western Conference is talented and deep.

There are four teams in contention for the final two spots. A good case can be made for all of the teams being of high quality. There will clearly be at two heartbroken teams when the regular season comes to an end.

The final games of the season will undoubtedly be decided by the factors that are most important in the playoffs—excellent goaltending and clutch scoring.

Here's our breakdown of how the Western Conference race will play out over the final three days of the season. Odds courtesy of Sports Club Stats.

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