The Good: The Stars lose keeping them just a single point ahead of LA. The Avs lose and would have to win out to reach 94 points... which might get them in the playoffs.
The Bad: Kings lose a tough game to Vancouver and have some work left to do on this road trip. However, they reman just two points out of first place and own the tiebreaker with San Jose (head-to-head matchup). Those last two games against the Sharks could turn out to be huge. The Flames also win resurrecting their slight playoff hopes.
The Odd: Kings next four games are against Northwest Division opponents, their record against the division in 2011-12? 5-8-3. They'll need to be better than that.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
No games of note. Rest up for a big game on Wednesday vs. Calgary.
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.