The Good: No letdown for the Kings as they beat Edmonton and then watch the Canucks take down the Stars to finish the night in first place in the Pacific with four games to go.
The Bad: It's a never a bad night when you take over first place in the division.
The Odd: The math gets pretty difficult for Colorado at this point (and nearly impossible for Calgary), meaning there are three spots up for grabs and four teams in the Pacific battling for them.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Los Angeles at Minnesota, 5 p.m. -- Kings. With two consecutive wins, the Kings can't afford to let up against a flailing Minnesota team. If they want to win the Pacific Division, they lead by the slightest of margins and will need to keep getting the two points.
Anaheim at Phoenix, 6 p.m. -- Ducks. With Phoenix a single point behind the Kings, any chance to see them fall gives the Kings some breathing room in the quest for the second-ever division title.
Dallas at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. -- Depends. If you just want to lock up a playoff spot, you want a Stars win. If you want to take the divsion, you'll want to see the Sharks win. Most of all you want to see this one finish up in regulation.
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.