The Good: A Stars loss means that the Kings are in the playoffs for the third straight year. And getting a point against the Sharks in a shootout loss keeps them in the Pacific Division lead. It could all come down to Saturday night in San Jose (unless Phoenix has something to say about that).
The Bad: A loss to the Sharks -- even in the shootout -- now takes the Kings fate out of their hands as is relates to the Pacific Division crown.
The Odd: And we have the top eight, just waiting to see what order we'll all be in.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Phoenix at St. Louis, 4:30 p.m. -- Blues. It's simple, if the Coyotes lose in regulation, the Division champion will be decided in San Jose between the Kings and Sharks.
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.