The Good: The Sharks/Coyotes matchup didn't go to overtime and last year's Western Conference finalists took the loss.
The Bad: We were "technically" rooting for the Sharks last night, but we'll take a game that stayed in regulation and the Sharks are a team we can control our fate against should it come down to them and us for a playoff spot.
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:
Colorado at Calgary, 6 p.m. -- Regulation. While it's a long shot for either team to make it at this point, we'll only concern ourselves with wanting to see a game end in regulation.
Los Angeles at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. -- Kings. The biggest game of the seaosn is on the Kings schedule tonight and a win could put them back in the Pacific Division lead.
Dallas at Vancouver, 7 p.m. -- Canucks. As stated above, a Dallas lose in regulaton and a Kings win puts LA back on top in the Pacific.
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.