The Good: Kings win over Chicago in a shootout, jumping them into ninth place. The Wild, in losing to Calgary, join the Ducks as having a virtual impossible path to the playoffs. Realistically, there are now only three teams left outside of contention that have a shot at making the playoffs.
The Bad: Hard to pick on a Kings victory, but one in regulation or overtime would have helped add to the "ROW" column, which the Kings defintely need more of. The Flames victory over Minnesota vaults them into eighth in the West -- they hold the ROW tiebreaker against LA.
The Odd: While 97 points were required to make the playoffs last season, it seems we are about five points behind that pace this year meaning 92-93 might be enough to make it. If you're a Kings fan, this means you'd like to see a 9-4 record to finish the season.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Anaheim at Colorado, 6 p.m. -- Ducks. Now that Anaheim is a long shot for the postseason, Kings fans will now be rooting them in most games (hope you can handle that).
San Jose at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. -- Oilers. With a few games in hand on most teams, the Sharks being outside the top eight is surprising given their expectations, but their postseason fate is in better shape than it appears. A loss to the Oilers certainly helps LA's chances.
Nashville at Phoenix, 7 p.m. -- Predators. The Coyotes are still very catchable in the playoff race, a Predators victory tonight makes them even more so.
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.