The Good: Quiet night in the NHL's Western Conference including a night off for our Kings.
The Bad: We're probably saying "uncle" on that sixth seed -- Chicago just keeps on winning and won again tonight against Vancouver. It's OK though, we're going after the division title now and with it the three seed.
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:
Calgary at Minnesota, 5:00 p.m. -- Wild. The pesky Flames continue to own the 11th spot, but a few wins and they are right back in the thick of things.
Vancouver at Dallas, 5:30 p.m. -- Canucks. If the Kings win and Stars lose in regulation, we're looking at the division lead.
Colorado at Phoenix, 7:00 p.m. -- For the love of god, a game ending in regulation. We can't seem to get these kinds of games to end before OT lately.
St. Louis at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. -- Kings. Next up on the list of big games is this one against the team with the most points in the NHL. No one said it'd be easy.
Boston at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. -- Bruins. Sharks are reeling a bit. If the Bruins could help them continue to fade, it'd be much appreciated.
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.