The Good: Wild down the slumping Sharks, who are certainly ecstatic that their road trip is over. The Ducks beat the slumping Blackhawks who need to find their way; but not before the Kings hope to catch them.
The Bad. Stars complete the comeback to beat Vancouver and increase their lead over the Kings to two points for the No. 8 spot. Stars also have 29 ROW, which is five more than the Kings. In short, the Kings will hope it doesn't come down to the tiebreaker vs. Dallas.
The Odd. The Blues, unbeatable at home, have the most away games of any team in the playoff race (13). The Canucks, who lead the West, have the most games at home remaining of anyone in the race (13).
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Los Angeles at Nashville, 5 PM -- Kings. Our boys need a win over the Preds and the games don't get any easier this week.
Anaheim at Colorado, 6 PM -- Ducks. That's what the numbers say anyway, but they're on a roll and the closer they get, the worse for teams in the hunt.
St. Louis at Calgary, 6 PM -- Blues. At this point they won't be caught, rather have them beat the Flames who are too close for comfort.
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.