The Good: Calgary gets only one point against the league's worst team keeping them behind the Kings. The Coyotes win, but at least its in a shootout keeping them even with the Kings in ROW.
The Bad: Coyotes get a win (but in a shootout so as to not help their ROW) and move into seventh place, moving the Kings to 10th. Blackhawks continue to win, so maybe that #6 spot isn't up for grabs after all. They're still close enough to root against. Flames get a point in a shootout loss to Columbus.
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:
Anaheim at San Jose, 7 p.m. -- Ducks. An Anaheim victory in regulation moves the Kings into ninth place as they have the ROW advantage over 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.