The Good: Calgary's loss to St. Louis kept the Flames from overtaking the Kings for 10th place. Would have been tough to wake up today in 11th place.
The Bad. Kings needed a win badly against the Preds. The Kings will wake up in 10th place because of an Avs victory, but we don't think an Avs win or Ducks loss could have been labeled "Good." These kinds of games are exactly why the Kings need to worry about their own business -- and win.
The Odd. Goal differential is often a better indicator of where a team will finish than what the points say. The Kings (-3) have the best of any non-playoff team.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Los Angeles at Minnesota, 5 PM -- Kings. After slipping to 10th last night, the Kings need to keep as few teams between them and the No. 8 seed as possible.
Vancouver at Phoenix, 6 PM -- Canucks. If the Coyotes lose tonight and the Sharks lose the later game, last night's Kings loss to the Preds will sting much less.
Philadelphia at San Jose, 7:30 PM -- Flyers. If the Sharks continue to get tripped up, the Kings will have a better chance 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.