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Playoff Saturday and Scenarios

Tonight's epic game between the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Everett Silvertips might as well be a playoff game. Win and you are in (or likely in), lose and you are out (or likely out). I think it is pretty safe to say that this will be the most important Seattle-Everett game in the relatively short history of the rivalry. I expect to see a sold out or near sold out barn and I also expect to probably see a lot of Everett fans making the drive down.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
The whole thing can be taken care of quite easily if Seattle comes out on fire tonight and wins the game clean. The tension will elevate quite a bit more if the game heads to Overtime and/or the Shootout.

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.

Let's Go Birds.


Anonymous said...

Yes! LET'S GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't a loser point and a win in on Sunday vault the T-birds into 7th? We are three points behind Victoria, but we have more wins. I think tonight will be a great game, it was a really good game to watch last night in Spokane and that is 3 pretty well played games in a row. I guess it is better to "get it" later than never. Hopefully they take care of business tonight and punch their playoff card.


Anonymous said...

The team is making it tough. Go T-Birds...bring it on in Portland!

Anonymous said...

The defense was horrible last night, plus Calvin was not on his game either. You have a full house everyone is pumped and we did not come out with the killer instinct that we needed to put Everett away.Kind of typical of how this season has gone let's hope they come out with some purpose tinght versus Portland.

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