The Good: All kinds of good tonight. The Kings get a big win in Anaheim. Combine that with Calgary's loss and the Kings move into 10th place. The Stars also lose meaning the Kings are now just three points behind Dallas AND have a game in hand.
The Bad: No complaints tonight, but the same may not be true for your bracket.
The Odd: A comforting thought: the 10th place team at this time last year had the same amount of points as the Kings and finished fifth in the conference. They were the Nashville Predators and fought their way into the second round.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Colorado at N.Y. Rangers, 4 p.m. -- Rangers. Avs keep hanging around in the West, one of the East's top teams can put a stop to that.
Nashville at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m -- Kings. It always starts with your own games, the Kings need a big one against Nashville.
Detroit at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. -- Red Wings. They've been slumping as of late, but a Kings win and a Sharks loss puts the Kings ahead of San Jose.
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.