Sharks coach Todd McLellan is taking a very sensible approach to the uncertainty that surrounds his team as it gears up for the playoffs.
He was well aware as his team skated through its final regular-season practice that it could finish anywhere from fourth to seventh place in the Western Conference. He knew the first-round opponent could be one of four teams -- the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks or Anaheim Ducks. One scenario was eliminated later Friday: After Minnesota lost to Edmonton, the Sharks cannot drop to seventh and will not face Anaheim.
But McLellan wasn't losing any sleep over all the different scenarios still in play heading into the much-at-stake season finale Saturday night against the Kings.
"By the time we start our game against L.A., a lot of stuff will be sorted out and we've just got to go play," McLellan said. "It makes no sense right now to waste energy and time coming up with formulas. Just let teams play, let us prepare and away we go."