The Good: It's a good thing for the Kings' playoff chances that San Jose beat Dallas. It means that LA can clinch a playoff spot with one more point.
The Bad: We didn't expect the Blue Jackets to beat a desperate Phoenix team and they didn't. This means that the virtual tie with the Coyotes is still on and they are still in good position to win the Pacific as well.
The Odd: The only way to guarantee a Pacific Division title for the Kings at this point is to finish 2-0. If the Kings beat the Sharks in regulation, they can guarantee that they'll finish in at least 7th in the West.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
No games that matter tonight unless you're looking at potential first-round opponents for the Kings, then watch the Blues/Red Wings game and root appropriately.
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.