The Good: Ducks loss to Dallas means its virtually impossible for them to make the postseason (which is why they're off the list). Sharks loss and fall out of the top eight and remain just a point ahead of the Kings.
The Bad: Dallas and Phoenix win extending their leads over LA. The Avs beat Edmonton and move into ninth place -- dropping the Kings to 11th in the West.
The Odd: With three games against Sharks remaining, the Kings best chance to hold their own fate is a 3-0 record vs. San Jose. They have no games remaining against Phoenix and Dallas, the other two teams ahead of them in the standings.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Calgary at Minnesota, 3 p.m. -- Wild. Should Minnesota win and the Kings do their part against Chicago, LA will find itself in the top eight.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 5 p.m. -- Kings. LA needs a Flames victory, but if they get it -- and they win -- they'll be in the eighth spot.
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.