The Good: Kings lose in a shootout to Minnesota, but still get a point keeping them in first place in the Pacific because the Stars lost in regulation to the Sharks.
The Bad: Kings get only that point and Phoenix wins moving the Coyotes into a virtual tie with LA (Kings own the tiebreaker). Also, San Jose wins, which is good if you want a division title but does lessen the Kings' overall playoff chances. Confused yet?
The Odd: No room for comfort yet. Kings are only two points out of ninth place with three games to go.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
No games of consequence.
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
+/- 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
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.