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Condors head to Henderson with slight hope of securing top playoff seed

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The Condors and Henderson Silver Knights line up for the puck drop in Bakersfield's 2021 home opener. The teams are set to close the season with three games, Thursday through Sunday, with the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division Playoffs up for grabs.

Hope remains that the Bakersfield Condors can grab the top seed in the upcoming Pacific Division Playoffs.

A margin of error does not.

Fresh off a 4-1 loss to San Diego on Saturday, the Condors still have a chance to take the top seed from Henderson, as the teams prepare for a three-game series in Henderson. The first matchup takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday.

But coming in two games behind the Silver Knights in the win column, Bakersfield must win all three games if it hopes to secure the top seed in the postseason tournament, which is set to begin on May 18.

Though the task is large, recent history is on the Condors' side. After losing the first two meetings of the season, Bakersfield has won five straight games against the Silver Knights, including a pair of 4-1 wins in Henderson on April 20 and 22.

As of now, the Condors haven't even locked up a home series in the first round of the postseason, though the path did get a bit clearer Wednesday night.

If they don't get the No. 1 seed, the Condors will open the playoffs against San Diego, though who will play host remains to be seen.

The Condors can still come out of the weekend seeded as low as number three. But thanks to San Diego's 2-1 loss to Colorado Wednesday night, their magic number to clinch at least the second seed drops to two, meaning Bakersfield can ensure no worse that the second seed with a win Friday.

The higher seed will host every game of each playoff series. 

After taking off Friday, Bakersfield and Henderson will conclude their series with 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.