Playoff race reset
5. Spokane, 78 points, 7 games remaining
6. Everett, 75, 7
7. Vancouver, 70, 6
8. Tri-City, 64, 7
SPOKANE (7): @Kel, @PG, @PG, @Sea, Evt, TC, @TC.
EVERETT (7): Kel, @TC, @Sea, @Spo, @Vic, Vic, @Por.
VANCOUVER (6): Kam, @Por, @Sea, Vic, Kel, @Kel.
TRI-CITY (7): Por, Evt, @Kel, @Por, @Spo, Spo, Sea.
Everett has a difficult schedule the rest of the way, with just two of the final seven games at home, and that final weekend is brutal with the home-and-home with Victoria followed by that game at Portland. Spokane's schedule is equally road heavy, but the quality of opposition is a little lower, so it'll be a challenge for Everett to move into fifth. However, Vancouver's schedule is equally difficult, so the Giants will have to pull an upset or two to catch the Tips. Tri-City seems pretty much out of the race for sixth.
If the playoffs began today, Everett would face third-seeded Victoria in the first round (what a great opening-weekend trip that would be). If the Tips are able to climb into fifth, it would probably set up the first Everett-Seattle playoff series since the Tips joined the league in 2003. Drop into seventh and Everett is facing the prospect of another first-round series against Portland. So there are multiple major incentives for at least holding onto sixth.
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