The Sharks’ playoff streak is officially, mathematically over.
The Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild on Monday night, 2-0, moving to 94 points and becoming the eighth team that the Sharks can’t catch in the Western Conference. The Sharks (39-31-9, 87 points) have three games remaining, and can only reach 93 points headed into Monday’s home finale with Dallas.
San Jose had reached the postseason for the past 10 seasons, dating back to 2002-03, the second-longest NHL streak trailing only the Detroit Red Wings (23).
The Sharks season will conclude with two road games; Thursday in Edmonton and Saturday in Los Angeles. The possibility remains that the Sharks would be able to put a dent in the Kings’ playoff hopes or knock the defending champs out altogether, as Los Angeles is still in the hunt chasing the Jets and Calgary Flames.
The Kings have knocked the Sharks out of the postseason each of the last two years, including last spring when they erased a 3-0 series hole in the first round.