The Good: A prime example of why its best to worry about your own game and nothing else as the Kings won their fifth game in a row -- a huge matchup vs. San Jose to jump into the eighth spot in the West. This was the only bit of good news about the West playoff race because...
The Bad: BOTH Phoenix/Dallas and Colorado/Calgary were three-point games. Padding the point totals of Dallas (by two), Phoenix (by one), Colorado (by two) and Calgary (by one) -- all teams who are still in the thick of things in the West. The Blackhawks won as well in their game vs. Columbus.
The Odd: Kings are now 84-0-6 in their last 90 games when leading after two periods.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Take the night off from scoreboard watching.
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.