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.
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.