The Good: As Kings GM Dean Lombardi says, you don't care what happens around you as long as you win your own games.That holds especially true as nothing went the Kings way except their own game.
The Bad: The Sharks and Flames went to OT making that a three-point affair. Because of the extra session, both teams stayed ahead of the Kings tonight while Colorado fell from #8 to #11. The Stars continue to be on fire making them tougher to catch with each win. The Blackhawks continue to quiet any doubters about their own playoff status.
The Odd: Well kids, we now have teams seeded #7 through #11 in the West separated by one point. Buckle up.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Colorado at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m. -- Sabres. We have ourselves quite the situation at the bottom of the Western playoff race. A Sabres win keeps the Avs at #11.
Dallas at Winnipeg, 5:30 p.m. -- Jets. The red-hot Stars need to be stopped at some point. That can start tonight.
Phoenix at Vancouver, 7 p.m. -- Canucks.The Coyotes have two games before the Kings play again, losses in both are just fine.
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.