For the fourth consecutive season, Peter DeBoer has guided the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thanks to the Colorado Avalanche's 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, the Sharks became the second team in the Western Conference to secure a playoff spot. The Calgary Flames (45-21-7), whom the Sharks (43-22-8) trail by three points for first place in the Pacific Division, were the first.
The @SanJoseSharks are the second Western Conference team to clinch a berth in the 2019 #StanleyCup Playoffs, their fourth consecutive postseason appearance. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/ZHMtcUCR1R— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 20, 2019
The Sharks lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round last year. If the playoffs started today, second-seeded San Jose would match up with third-seeded Vegas in the first round.
DeBoer took over as Sharks coach in 2015 after the franchise ended a 10-year run of making the playoffs. The Sharks made it to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season, but they haven't advanced past the second round since.
The franchise also seeks its first Pacific Division crown since the 2010-11 season. A division banner would be the first of DeBoer's career as an NHL head coach.