The Good: A lot. The Avs' loss drops them to 10th while the Kings jump to ninth. The Flames take down the red-hot Coyotes, keeping them at bay in the Pacific. Ryan Miller continues to be the Kings' best friend shutting out the Sharks a night after blanking the Ducks.
The Bad. No complaints. A near-perfect night as the Wild's SOL point (more on that in a minute) was the only thing preventing a perfect night for the idle Kings.
The Odd. An amazing comeback by the Wild (down by three with less than five minutes to go) goes for naught, as they lose in a shootout when Devin Setoguchi (remember him?) loses an edge and falls on his game-deciding shootout "attempt" without actually attempting a shot.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Chicago at Ottawa, 4 PM -- Senators. A Blackhawks loss gives the Kings two games in hand Chicago while remaining five points behind. Chicago becomes very catchable.
Minnesota at Detroit, 4:30 PM -- Red Wings.The theory is that you want as many times out of the race as possible, that includes the Wild who's chances are getting slim.
Dallas at Edmonton, 6:30 PM -- Oilers. More than any other game today, you want to see the Oilers take it to Dallas. If Edmonton wins, the eighth spot is in reach on Saturday.
Calgary at Anaheim, 7:00 PM -- Ducks. This won'th happen often but feel free to root for Anaheim tonight, as their chances of making the playoffs are less so than Calgary's. Plus, a Flames win puts them ahead of the Kings in the playoff race.
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.