The Good: No games of consequence. Everyone gets a breather for a slate of huge games tonight
The Bad: Kings spend another dayoutside the top eight.
The Odd: After tonight, we are down to five or fewer games for all the remaining teams in contention and 11 teams are still in the race. Get ready for a wild ride.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Los Angeles at Calgary, 6:30 p.m. -- Kings. A huge game for both teams with playoff survival hanging in the balance. The Kings can put a sure-fire dent in the Flames playoff hopes with a victory. Inversely, the Flames make the path much more difficult for the Kings to make the postseason. This is officially the biggest game of the season for both teams.
Dallas at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. -- Oilers. Here's hoping the slick-skating Oilers can help us out. A Kings win coupled with a Stars regulation loss can leap the Kings into no lower than #7 (and possibly #3 -- more on that later) by night's end.
Colorado at Vancouver, 7 p.m. -- Canucks. With a loss, the Avs will have a very tough time finding their way into the postseason. They have to win out just to have a chance.
San Jose at Anaheim, 7 p.m. -- Ducks. Find it within yourself to root on the Ducks, because a Sharks loss and Stars loss puts the Kings right back into the Pacific Division lead.
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.