NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings played the way they wanted to Monday in defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1, but the two points earned merely allowed them to keep pace in the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Western Conference because the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets also won.
The Kings are still on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. They are two points behind the Flames for third place in the Pacific Division and four points behind the Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.
They're trying to stay upbeat even though time is ticking and they have only 10 games remaining. They have a game in hand on the Flames and Jets.
"We have to just focus on ourselves; there's not much we can do about what other teams do," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "Obviously you kind of look at the standings this morning and see if anything happened, but besides that it's just about us winning games. If we can win every single game for the rest of this season I think we'll probably make it in. That's all we've gotta focus on doing."