The Good: Stars get rocked by Winnipeg keeping the Pacific Division leaders within striking distance.
The Bad: Avs squeak by Buffalo with a shootout victory and drop the Kings to 11th in the West. The Coyotes earn a huge win in Vancouver to stay three points ahead of LA.
The Odd: A division title is still within reach for the Kings, though it would mean passing three teams in their division. However, the Kings are just five points behind Dallas and have a game in hand.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Colorado at New Jersey, 4 p.m. -- Devils. Avs with a big shootout win last night. There good fortune this year is in large part due to the extra session. Can they beat N.J.?
Phoenix at Calgary, 6 p.m. -- Take your pick. Here's another three-point game alert. As long as we see a regulation winner, we don't care who pulls this out.
Nashville at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. -- Predators. The Sharks find themselves sputtering right now and it's never easy to play a tough opponent like the Predators.
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.