The Good: Flames beat the Coyotes, which is good for the Kings in trying to catch Phoenix.
The Bad: Flames beat the Coyotes, which is bad for the Kings in trying to catch Calgary (see how that works). Avs lose but still gain a point in a shootout loss the Devils. San Jose pulls out a shootout victory against Nashville. All of this means that even with a win tonight, the Kings can fly no higher than 10th place.
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:
Chicago at Dallas, 5:30 p.m. -- Blackhawks. It's not out of the realm of possibility that the division title is still for the taking for the Kings, a Stars loss makes it ever more possible.
Calgary at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. -- Oilers. An Edmonton win allows the Kings (with a win tonight) to pull into a virtual tie with the Flames (though Calgary has lead in ROW).
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 7 p.m. -- Kings. If LA wins their games nothing else matters. This final Freeway Faceoff game is a big one for the Kings.
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.