The Good: In the only game that mattered, the Blues thrashed the Coyotes. With two games in hand, the Kings are just one point behind them now. The Blackhawks lose as well, and if they continue to lose like that, six spot may still be up for grabs.
The Bad: A quiet, but good night.
The Odd: Kings next five games are against Northwest Division opponents, their record against the division in 2011-12? 5-7-3. They'll need to be better than that.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Dallas at Calgary, 6 p.m. -- Flames. If the Stars lose in regulation and we win, we're right back where we want to be -- tops in the division. Oh and finish this in regulation.
Los Angeles at Vancouver, 7 p.m. -- Kings. These games don't seem to getting any easier for the Kings, eh? Tough, tough opponents down the stretch and wins are mandatory.
Colorado at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. -- Avalanche. And please, please get this one sealed up in three periods. No extra points, please!
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.