The Good: Let's not underscore just how huge the Kings win over Nashville was last night. After all, the Preds hadn't lost at home in quite some time. The Coyotes continue their slide -- after a hot February -- with a loss to Columbus.The Kings are now a point behind with a game in hand.The Blackhawks also got dismantled by the Blues putting them back within striking distance (five point lead, but two games in hand for LA). The Sharks lost in a shootout to Edmonton, which is good and bad (more on that later).
The Bad: Stars also celebrate a huge win beating the Canucks in Vancouver and extending their lead in the Pacific to three points ahead of the Kings. Meanwhile, the Avalanche and the Flames continue to put the pressure on behind the Kings with wins of their own. Of course, the Kings won't care as long as they taking care of their own. That point the Sharks received in their shootout loss, though, keeps the Kings out of the coveted eighth seed.
The Odd: The Pacific Division sure couldn't be more tight. Three points separate four teams. A lot at stake here too. The winner of the division will get the coveted No. 3 seed and home-ice advantage. The other teams won't be so lucky.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
After last night's events, you'll want a night off from scoreboard watching.Lucky for you, there are no games of consequence tonight. Go enjoy a movie or something.
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.