Saturday night's regular-season finale at Staples Center may not be the final meeting between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks depending on certain postseason scenarios.
San Jose, winner of four of the last five meetings, may not be opposed to that.
Each team's Western Conference playoff fate is contingent upon how St. Louis fares in its final game with NHL-best Chicago earlier in the evening, as both the Sharks (25-15-7) and Kings (26-16-5) are one point back of the Blues for the fourth seed and accompanying home-ice advantage in the first round.
If St. Louis wins, the winner of this contest would be the No. 5 seed and face the Blues.
Things get a little trickier from there.
A Kings victory and any St. Louis loss would give them home-ice advantage in a first-round series with the Blues. A Sharks win in regulation and St. Louis loss in regulation would give San Jose the home-ice edge versus the Blues.
The only scenario in which the Sharks and Kings can face off in the...