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Stanley Cup Playoff Race: March 18, 2012

by Dewayne Hankins / Los Angeles Kings
Standings as of March 18, 2012
  GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LY PTS LAST NIGHT TONIGHT H/R

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1 Anaheim Ducks D 9 46 19 8 100 42 +47 103 W, 3-1
@TB
  4/5 3/21
@ANA
3/22
@LA
3/25
@PHX
3/27
vs. NSH
3/29
@CHI
2 Vancouver Canucks D 11 43 20 8 94 36 +43 94 W, 4-3
vs. CBJ
  6/5 3/19
@MIN
3/21
@CHI
3/22
@DAL
3/24
@COL
3/26
vs. LA
3 Chicago Blackhawks D 10 39 28 5 83 33 -3 90     5/5 3/20
Vs. PHX
3/22
vs. VAN
3/24
vs. CGY
3/26
@CGY
3/28
@EDM
4 Detroit Red Wings   10 44 24 4 92 37 +47 87 OTL, 3-2
@SJ
  7/3 3/19
vs. WSH
3/21
@NYR
3/24
vs. CAR
3/26
vs. CBJ
3/28
@CBJ
5 Nashville Predators   11 41 22 8 90 37 +18 85 L, 4-2
@LA
@ANA 5/6 3/18
@ANA
3/20
vs. EDM
3/22
@PIT
3/24
vs. WPG
3/25
@CHI
6 Chicago Blackhawks   10 39 25 8 86 34 +7 84   vs. WSH 5/5 3/18
vs. WSH
3/20
@CBJ
3/21
vs. VAN
3/25
vs. NSH
3/27
@NJ
7 Chicago Blackhawks   8 39 30 5 83 30 -1 84 W, 3-1
@NYR
  4/4 3/20
vs. CGY
3/22
@PHX
3/24
vs. VAN
3/26
@SJ
3/28
@VAN
8 Los Angeles Kings   11 36 25 10 82 29 +13 83 OTW, 3-2
vs. DET
  6/5 3/19
vs. ANA
3/20
@LA
3/22
vs. BOS
3/24
vs. PHX
3/26
vs. COL
                                     
9 Chicago Blackhawks   10 35 25 12 82 30 +9 82 w, 4-2
vs. NSH
  5/5 3/20
vs. SJ
3/22
vs. STL
3/24
vs. BOS
3/26
@VAN
3/28
@CGY
10 Phoenix Coyotes   10 35 26 11 81 30 +2 81   @EDM 5/5 3/18
@EDM
3/20
@DAL
3/22
vs. COL
3/24
@SJ
3/25
vs. STL
11 Chicago Blackhawks   10 34 26 12 80 31 -16 77   vs. CBJ 6/4 3/18
vs. CBJ
3/20
@COL
3/22
@MIN
3/24
@DAL
3/26
vs. DAL
latest on the playoff race
  • What Happened Last Night?
    • The Good: Kings win their fourth in a row and pull into ninth in the West (virtually tied with San Jose -- their opponent on Tuesday). LA is rising, folks.
    • The Bad: The Avs and Sharks both won -- and won without the aid of a shootout. That said, if the Kings keep winning -- as GM Dean Lombardi says, they'll only have to worry about their own business.
    • The Odd: After all of this, one point is what separates the Kings from a tie for the Pacific Division title (though the Stars own the tiebreaker in ROW currently).
  • Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
    • Washington at Chicago, 4 p.m. -- Capitals. As long as the Blackhawks remain just four points ahead of the Kings, we're going to root against them, It's the rules.
    • Columbus at Calgary, 5 p.m. -- Blue Jackets. A big two points for the Flames as they would pull into a virtual tie with San Jose and LA for 82 points with a win.
    • Phoenix at Edmonton, 5 p.m. -- Oilers. A win by Phoenix pulls them ahead of the Kings. An Oilers win keeps them behind LA. This one is simple.
Legend
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
ROW - Regulation and overtime wins -- wins excluding shootout victories
+/- 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
Tie-Breaking procedure
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.
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