The Good: Kings win their sixth straight against the best team in the NHL, the Stars lose and you have a new Pacific Division leader -- us. What a climb back from the early adversity of the season.
The Bad: We'd have rather seen an Avs victory over Phoenix, but at least the game ended in regulation. Sharks win as well, you know they aren't going away. Flames only pick up one point in a shootout loss to Minnesota.
The Odd: Kings now a season-high 12 games above .500.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Take the night off, kids. No games of consequence in the Western Playoff Race. Admire the Kings first place, No. 3 seed spot for another day at least.
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.