Puck Daddy put out his Death Watch article this morning, and it shows something that might be of interest to us.
Just because all the teams making the playoffs in the West have clinched their playoff fates, that doesn't mean all the positions are guaranteed. Yes, I know, the Canucks still have yet to clinch 3rd place, but what I'm talking about is 6th place.
Today, in Puck Daddy's Death Watch article on Yahoo!, he looked at who will be able to clinch which seeds, and an interesting point comes up: Columbus hasn't clinched the 6th seed yet.
Sitting right behind them in 7th, and only two points behind, is Anaheim. Both play their last games of the regular season today, and here's the situation: if Anaheim beats Phoenix and Columbus gets no points at all from their game against Minnesota, then Anaheim will tie with Columbus at 92 points, and since they have the tie-breaker with wins, Anaheim would finish in 6th.
This means that, provided Vancouver also clinches the division, instead of the originally predicted Vancouver/Columbus and Detroit/Anaheim matchups in the 1st round, it would be Vancouver/Anaheim and Detroit/Columbus.
We obviously want our Canucks to clinch the division, but this is something we might want to be cautious about, considering what happened last time we faced Anaheim in the playoffs.