The Good: We didn't want to do it, but we all cheered for a Ducks victory last night (What?) and it happened moving the Sharks into 10th and the Kings into ninth. Now, the Kings just one point behind Colorado with two games in hand -- are looking much better than this time two weeks ago.
The Bad: We got nothing.
The Odd: As proud as the State of California was of having three teams make the NHL Stanley Cup last season; its entirely conceivable that none of them could make it this year.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Chicago at Columbus, 4 p.m. -- Blue Jackets. As long as 6th place is still technically in play, we're going to root against the Blackhawks
Phoenix at Dallas, 5 p.m. -- Eh. Look, as long as this doesn't become a three-point game, consider it a "win" for the Kings.
Calgary at Colorado, 6 p.m. -- Eh. See above.
San Jose at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. -- Kings. We understand that the Kings have played some big games lately. Trust us, this one is the biggest yet. It could be the difference between 7th or 11th place tomorrow.
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.