The Hawks’ Nest

Playoff Scenarios
February 8, 2010, 5:11 pm
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The Winterhawks could clinch their first playoff spot since 2006 as early as Wednesday night, but Seattle’s game against Tri-Cities tomorrow comes into play. If that’s enough information for you, you may want to stop here, because the scenarios start to get complicated. But if you’re so inclined, here are the scenarios for how the Winterhawks can clinch a playoff spot in the next 48 hours, depending on how Seattle does Tuesday:

If Seattle loses in regulation to Tri-Cities Tuesday: In this scenario, the Winterhawks clinch at least a one-game playoff against the Thunderbirds to decide eighth place. WHL tiebreak rules dictate that two teams who finish tied for eighth place play a one-game playoff, as Edmonton and Prince Albert did last season. Thus, if Seattle loses in regulation Tuesday, Portland needs one point from Wednesday’s game, also against Tri-Cities, to clinch a playoff spot.

If Seattle loses to Tri-Cities in overtime or a shootout Tuesday: If the Thunderbirds gain a point from tomorrow’s game, Portland would then need a win over Tri-Cities Wednesday to earn the playoff berth. If Seattle gets a point tomorrow, and Portland gets a point from an overtime or shootout loss, the Winterhawks clinch at least a one-game playoff.

If Seattle beats Tri-Cities Tuesday: If Seattle beats the Americans and earns two points, the Winterhawks would then need to beat Tri-Cities Wednesday to clinch at least a one-game playoff.


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