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Race To The Playoffs: April 5

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

Standings as of APRIL 5, 2015


CENTRAL   GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LAST NIGHT TONIGHT LAST Four GAMES
1 X
3 47 22 10 104 41 +30 L, 4-3 (OT)
VS DAL
    4/7
@COL
4/9
VS MIN
4/11
@DAL
2 X
4 48 23 7 103 39 +44   @ CHI 4/5
@ CHI
4/7
vs WPG
4/9
VS CHI
4/11
vs MIN
3 X 4 48 24 6 102 39 +44   VS STL 4/5
VS STL
4/7
vs MIN
4/9
@ STL
4/11
@ COL

PACIFIC   GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LAST NIGHT TONIGHT LAST Four GAMES
1 Y
2 50 23 7 107 42 +13       4/8
VS DAL
4/11
@ ARI
2
3 45 29 5 95 40 +13 L, 5-4
@ WPG
    4/6
VS LAK
4/9
VS ARI
4/11
VS EDM
3 3 43 29 7 93 39 +26 W, 4-2
@ EDM
    4/7
vs ARI
4/9
vs LAK
4/11
@ WPG

WILD CARD   GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LAST NIGHT TONIGHT LAST Four GAMES
1
4 44 26 8 96 40 +31 L, 3-2 (SO)
VS DET
  4/6
VS WPG
4/7
@ CHI
4/9
@ NSH
4/1
@ STL
2 4 39 25 14 92 36 +17 W, 3-1
VS COL
  4/6
@ VAN
4/7
@ EDM
4/9
@ CGY
4/11
VS SJS
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3
4 40 26 12 92 33 +14 W, 5-4
VS VAN
  4/6
@ MIN
4/7
@ STL
4/9
@ COL
4/11
vs CGY

latest on the playoff race
  • What Happened Last Night?
    • The Good: 2 in a row! Now a big 3 game road trip through Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. Keep winning and make the playoffs.
    • The Bad: Calgary kept it's 1 pt lead over the Kings. Vancouver lost! But Winnipeg won? It's complicated.
    • The Odd: "Happy Easter. Nighttime painting services." - Coach Sutter
  • Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
    • Blues @ Blackhawks. This game doesn't "matter" for Kings fans, but as a possible first-round match-up this should be a fun one.
  • Kings Playoff Percentages:
    • The Kings currently have a 74% chance of making the playoffs. 4-0-0 OR 3-0-1 and they're in.
    • If the Kings make the playoffs, in the first round they have a 21.8% chance of playing Anaheim, and a 38.3% chance of playing Vancouver.
    • via SportsClubStats.com
Legend
D - Division Leader, X - Clinched Playoffs, Y - Clinched Division, Z - Clinched Conference, P - Clinched Presidents' Trophy
GR - Games Remaining, W - Wins, L - Losses, OT - OT/Shootout losses (worth one point), PTS - Points
ROW - Regulation and overtime wins -- wins excluding shootout victories
+/- Goal differential, LY PTS - Point total of NHL team with SAME seed at the same point in the 2010-11 season
L10 - Record in last ten games, H/R LEFT - Breakdown of home/road games remaining on the schedule
Tie-Breaking procedure
Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings. If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
  • The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
  • The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout.
  • The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
  • The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.
PLAYOFF FORMAT
16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The format is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards.

The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season record and regardless of division. It is possible for one division in each conference to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends just three.

In the First Round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner.

The teams finishing second and third in each division will meet in the First Round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals.

Home-ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the team that placed higher in the regular-season standings. In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, home-ice advantage goes to the team that had the better regular-season record -- regardless of the teams' final standing in their respective divisions.

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