The Good: It may have been against the 14th ranked team in the West, but it doesn't underscore just how huge this win was for the Kings. With the victory, LA still holds their own fate as it relates to the Pacific Division title and with it home-ice advantage.
The Bad: We got nothing.
The Odd: Kings could clinch a playoff spot as early as Thursday night.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
San Jose at Dallas, 5:30 p.m -- Not so simple. Should Dallas beat San Jose, it would take a Sharks sweep over LA for them to pass the Kings in the standings. Should the Sharks win, the Kings would clinch a playoff spot with a victory on Thursday night. You can see the benefits of both. We will know a lot more after tomorrow's games.
Columbus at Phoenix, 7 p.m. -- Blue Jackets. The chances of the Blue Jackets winning on the road against a Phoenix team fighting for the playoff lives is slim, but we can hope.
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.