The Good: Not a great night if you're a Kings fan hoping for a playoff spot, though the Coyotes only get a point in a shootout loss to the Preds.
The Bad: Colorado and San Jose win dropping the Kings to 11th in the West. The Kings have two games in hand on the Avs, but need to get themselves ahead of these teams sooner rather than later.
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:
Dallas at Minnesota, 5 p.m. -- Wild. Realistically, the Stars are only five points ahead of the Kings. A Stars loss and Kings win tonight makes that number three.
St. Louis at Chicago, 5:30 p.m. -- Blues. The Blackhawks are still within striking distance in the West with a six-point lead and the Kings having a game in hand on them.
San Jose at Calgary, 6:30 p.m. -- A game ending in regulation. It's games like these you have to factor in to just how high you have to climb if you're the Kings. Someone is going to get two points and quite possibly this could end up as a three-point game, which would be the worst scenario.
Detroit at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. -- Kings. LA needs to avenge last week's loss to the Red Wings in the worst possible way. Because of the Flames / Sharks game, it will be impossible for the Kings to jump into eighth, but ninth place would be ideal after the night's games.
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.