Seattle and Everett are tied for the final playoff spot with 52 points apiece. The 'Tips have only 1 remaining game while Seattle plays tomorrow in Portland to finish the season.
Let's take a look at the scenarios.
- The first situation for Seattle is pretty darn simple - Win and you are IN. If Seattle wins the game tonight in any way, shape or form, they are in the playoffs. Everett cannot catch the Tbirds if Seattle earns two points tonight.
- Everett wins in regulation - If Everett wins in regulation tonight (a scenario I would not be shocked to see) and Everett clinches at least a tie for the 8th and final playoff spot. Seattle would then trail by 2 points and would need to go into Portland tomorrow and win to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker would be hosted by Seattle on Tuesday evening.
- Everett wins in Overtime or the Shootout - If Everett wins but Seattle gains a loser point, Seattle would only need to force Overtime in Portland tomorrow to force a tie and a win on the final day of the season would vault them over Everett and into sole possession of 8th place.
I hope these boys truly appreciate the opportunity they are being given tonight. It has been a tough season and a first round playoff series with Tri-City doesn't exactly sound like fun... but rarely in sports do you get an opportunity to play a rival with your entire season on the line. I get goosebumps just thinking about it and I don't even get to play the game. If you can't leave everything on the ice tonight... you should probably find another profession.