The Good: Well, at least the Stars only got one point of their matchup with Pittsburgh The Ducks also damaged their playoff hopes with a loss to Buffalo.
The Bad. The Blackhawks won, jumping five points ahead of LA and the Stars got a point in a shootout loss, jumping a point ahead of the Kings. These kinds of nights are a big reason that the Kings just need to handle their own business. In today's NHL, there are too many points out there and you definitely want to be in control of your own fate.
The Odd. When vieweing this every day, keep track of how many points the eight seed has this season compared to last year (LY PTS) and remember that last season Chicago finished in the No. 8 spot with 97 points. Which means, Dallas 95 points last year were only good enough for ninth place in the West.If this year is anything like last year, the Kings will need to finish 13-4-1 to get to 97 points. No small feat.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Minnesota at Montreal, 4 PM -- Canadiens. Nothing against the Wild, but the more teams that fall out of it, the less competition for the Kings.
Columbus at Colorado, 6 PM -- Blue Jackets. In a dead heat with the Kings, we'd love to see the Avs lose to the worst team in the NHL.
Calgary at Phoenix, 6 PM -- Flames. We wouldn't normally root for the Flames, but in a game against the division-leading Coyotes, the Kings are playing catch up.
Buffalo at San Jose, 7:30 PM -- Sabres. This is your week to be a Sabres fan (after playing the Ducks last night), let's see them take down the 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.