Lets 1st look at the hoped for outcome. Regulation wins against the Wings and Hawks leave us in the drivers seat for the 4 seed. Sunday morning we would all wake up ahead of the Wings by 3 points. We would own the tiebreaker, but they would have 1 game in hand. Two of our last 3 would be at home.We probably had to play really well to have won both games. I would like our chances at home ice for round 1. We would be 5 points ahead of the Hawks, own the tiebreaker and each team have 3 to play. While not mathematically a fact, we would likely not have to worry about being 6th anymore and getting the Kings or Sharks ( or Yotes /Stars).
Now the dark side. We lose both in regulation and we can basically kiss 4th and home ice goodbye. The Wings would be up 3 points and have that game in hand. The Hawks would be up 1 point with each team having 3 to play. Not a disaster, but I would also assume we aren't playing as well as we need to if we lose those 2 games in regulation so thats not where we want to be heading into the playoffs.
I doubt either scenerio plays out and it will be somewhere in between. All 3 teams have alot to play for so a 2 game sweep may not be likely. 2 wins in any fashion would be great. A win and an OT/SO loss would be acceptable. Anything less is some degree of failure IMO.We can step on the Hawks throat and establish ourselves ahead of the Wings. Here's hoping, for once, we play great hockey in this type situation and send the message we are for real.