Getzlaf's back at practice, talking about being maybe a week away. That's one week for McMillan and Sexton to make with their best Highlander impression. Of course, Murray could always waive or trade someone and keep-- le sigh. Nevermind.
The Sharks are coming off a win over the Coyotes last night as the Western Conference playoff race is really starting to take shape. And that shape? Nonagon. Vancouver is maybe running away with the lead (at 73 points in 51 games played) and Edmonton is maybe running away with the Western Conference's bid for the number one overall pick (with 38 points in 49 games), but the rest of the West is a veritable traffic jam at the playoff door, with teams elbowing, biting and scratching at each other.
No one is safe, but if the Ducks can learn to deal with their recent, unexpected success and take advantage of their evenly spaced remaining schedule, they may be in a better position than their California counterparts. The team that returns home in two weeks may be vastly different in mood (and perhaps make up) from the one that takes the ice tonight. And that team will only have 12 days to brace itself for the annual Murraypalooza known as the NHL Trade Deadline. So, maybe, everyone should be making with their best Highlander impression right about now.