The Good: A quiet night in the NHL, it looks as though a Kings divsion title would find them facing Chicago in a first round matchup.
The Bad: Nada.
The Odd: Three spots up for grabs and two games left on the schedule. Parity is alive and well.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Dallas at Nashville, 5 p.m. -- Predators. Should the Stars lose in any form (regulation, overtime, shootout), the Kings will clinch a playoff spot before their game even finishes.
San Jose at Los Angeles, 7 p.m. -- Kings. A win in regulation clinches a playoff spot (no matter what Dallas does) and a guaranteed finish of no lower than 7th in the West as the Sharks would not be able to catch them.
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.