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Stanley Cup Playoff Race: March 9, 2012

by Dewayne Hankins / Los Angeles Kings
Standings as of March 9, 2012
  GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LY PTS LAST NIGHT TONIGHT H/R

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NEXT FIVE GAMES
1 Anaheim Ducks D 14 43 18 7 93 39 +44 95 W, 3-1
vs. ANA
  5/9 3/10
vs. CBJ
3/11
@CBJ
3/13
@CHI
3/15
@CAR
3/17
@TB
2 Vancouver Canucks D 14 42 18 8 92 35 +46 86 W, 3-2
vs. WPG
  9/5 3/10
vs. mTL
3/14
vs. PHX
3/17
vs. CBJ
3/19
@MIN
3/21
@CHI
3 Chicago Blackhawks D 14 37 26 5 79 31 E 84 SOW, 4-3
vs. SJ
  7/7 3/10
vs. ANA
3/13
@MIN
3/14
@WPG
3/16
vs. CHI
3/20
Vs. PHX
4 Detroit Red Wings   15 43 21 3 89 36 +55 80   vs. LA 9/6 3/9
vs. LA
3/10
@NSH
3/13
@LA
3/14
@ANA
3/17
@SJ
5 Nashville Predators   15 39 21 7 85 36 +19 79 W, 4-2
vs. COL
  6/9 3/10
vs. DET
3/12
@PHX
3/15
@SJ
3/17
@LA
3/18
@ANA
6 Chicago Blackhawks   14 36 25 7 79 32 +3 79   vs. NYR 8/6 3/9
vs. NYR
3/11
vs. LA
3/13
vs. sTL
3/16
@DAL
3/18
vs. WSH
7 Phoenix Coyotes   14 33 25 10 76 28 +2 79 SOL, 3-2
vs. MIN
  7/7 3/10
vs. SJ
3/12
vs. NSH
3/14
@VAN
3/15
@CGY
3/18
@EDM
8 Los Angeles Kings   16 33 24 9 75 27 +14 77 SOL, 4-3
@DAL
  8/8 3/10
@PHX
3/12
@EDM
3/13
@CGY
3/15
vs. NSH
3/17
vs. DET
                                     
9 Chicago Blackhawks   15 31 24 12 74 27 +2 77 L, 3-1
@CBJ
@DET 7/8 3/9
@DET
3/11
@CHI
3/13
vs. DET
3/16
@ANA
3/17
vs. NSH
10 Chicago Blackhawks   13 35 30 4 74 28 -5 76 L, 4-2
@NSH
  6/7 3/10
vs. EDM
3/12
vs. ANA
3/14
@BUF
3/15
@NJ
3/17
@NYR
11 Chicago Blackhawks   15 30 25 12 72 27 -21 75   vs. WPG 9/6 3/9
vs. WPG
3/11
@MIN
3/13
vs. SJ
3/15
vs. PHX
3/16
@EDM
12 Chicago Blackhawks   14 29 29 10 68 26 -20 70 L, 3-1
@STL
  7/7 3/10
@DAL
3/12
@COL
3/14
vs. DET
3/16
vs. LA
3/18
vs. NSH
13 Chicago Blackhawks   14 29 29 10 68 22 -42 67 SOW, 3-2
@PHX
  10/4 3/11
vs. CGY
3/13
vs. DAL
3/17
vs. CAR
3/19
vs. VAN
3/22
vs. CGY
latest on the playoff race
  • What Happened Last Night?
    • The Good: A Ducks loss makes their path extremely difficult to make the postaseason. The Avs loss keeps them behind the Kings and both Phoenix and San Jose earn only single points in shootout losses. In other words an ideal night for a Kings win except that...
    • The Bad: ...the Kings dropped their game to the worst team in the NHL and with it a chance to jump into the Top Eight. The Stars and Sharks matchup was a three-point game (at least it went to a shootout) and the Coyotes got a point in a shootout loss to Minnesota.
    • The Odd: At this point last year, the Kings were tied with Minnesota for the eighth spot in the West. They are only one point behind that situation today.
  • Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
    • Los Angeles at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. -- Kings. Last night's loss to Columbus means that the Kings simply can't afford to drop one to a very tough Red Wings team.
    • N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. -- Rangers. As long as the Blackhawks continue to stay within striking distance, they're games are meaningful. Tough opponent for them.
    • Winnipeg at Calgary, 6 p.m. -- Jets. Two teams fighting for their playoff lives. A Jets win keeps the Flames behind the Kings regardless of other outcomes.
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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