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Stanley Cup Playoff Race: March 7, 2012

by Dewayne Hankins / Los Angeles Kings
Standings as of March 7, 2012
  GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LY PTS LAST NIGHT TONIGHT H/R

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1 Anaheim Ducks D 15 42 18 7 91 38 +42 93 W, 5-1
vs. CHI
  6/9 3/8
vs. ANA
3/10
vs. CBJ
3/11
@CBJ
3/13
@CHI
3/15
@CAR
2 Vancouver Canucks D 15 41 18 8 90 34 +45 86 L, 5-2
vs. DAL
  10/5 3/8
vs. WPG
3/10
vs. mTL
3/14
vs. PHX
3/17
vs. CBJ
3/19
@MIN
3 Chicago Blackhawks D 15 36 26 5 77 31 -1 82 W, 5-2
@VAN
  8/7 3/8
VS. SJ
3/10
vs. ANA
3/13
@MIN
3/14
@WPG
3/16
vs. CHI
4 Detroit Red Wings   15 43 21 3 89 36 +55 80 L, 3-2
@PHI
  9/6 3/9
vs. LA
3/10
@NSH
3/13
@LA
3/14
@ANA
3/17
@SJ
5 Nashville Predators   16 38 21 7 83 35 +17 79 L, 5-4
vs. LA
  7/9 3/8
vs. COL
3/10
vs. DET
3/12
@PHX
3/15
@SJ
3/17
@LA
6 Chicago Blackhawks   14 36 25 7 79 32 +3 78 L, 5-1
@STL
  8/6 3/9
vs. NYR
3/11
vs. LA
3/13
vs. sTL
3/16
@DAL
3/18
vs. WSH
7 Phoenix Coyotes   15 33 25 9 75 28 +3 77 L, 3-2
@CBJ
  8/7 3/8
vs. MIN
3/10
vs. SJ
3/12
vs. NSH
3/14
@VAN
3/15
@CGY
8 Los Angeles Kings   17 33 24 8 74 27 +15 76 SO , 3-2
vs. EDM
  8/9 3/8
@DAL
3/10
@PHX
3/12
@EDM
3/13
@CGY
3/15
vs. NSH
                                     
9 Chicago Blackhawks   16 31 23 12 74 27 +4 75 W, 5-4
@NSH
  7/9 3/8
@CBJ
3/9
@DET
3/11
@CHI
3/13
vs. DET
3/16
@ANA
10 Chicago Blackhawks   14 35 29 4 74 28 -3 75 W, 7-1
vs. MIN
  6/8 3/8
@NSH
3/10
vs. EDM
3/12
vs. ANA
3/14
@BUF
3/15
@NJ
11 Chicago Blackhawks   15 30 25 12 72 27 -21 75 W, 5-4
vs. MTL
  9/6 3/9
vs. WPG
3/11
@MIN
3/13
vs. SJ
3/15
vs. PHX
3/16
@EDM
12 Chicago Blackhawks   15 29 28 10 68 26 -18 69     8/8 3/8
@STL
3/10
@DAL
3/12
@COL
3/14
vs. DET
3/16
vs. LA
13 Chicago Blackhawks   15 28 29 10 66 22 -43 65 L, 7-1
@COL
  10/5 3/8
@PHX
3/11
vs. CGY
3/13
vs. DAL
3/17
vs. CAR
3/19
vs. VAN
latest on the playoff race
  • What Happened Last Night?
    • 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.
Legend
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
ROW - Regulation and overtime wins -- wins excluding shootout victories
+/- 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
Tie-Breaking procedure
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.
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