The Good: Phoenix lost to the Penguins dropping them to seventh in the Wesg. Suddenly, the Kings are just three points behind the Coyotes with a game in hand.
The Bad: A Ducks victory keeps them four points back -- though the Kings do have two games in hand on Anaheim. Still the Ducks could be hovering dangerously close by the 3/16 re-match against LA at the Pond.
The Odd: The Kings' next five games are against Central Divison opponents. Not only has that been the toughest division this season, it also means the Kings can do nothing about catching the other teams in their division without help.
Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
Phoenix at Columbus, 4 p.m. -- Blue Jackets. It's "Super Tuesday" in the Western Conference too. The Coyotes, coming off a back-to-back-- and a loss -- could be vulnerable.
Chicago at St. Louis, 5 p.m. -- Blues. With every win they get, the Blackhawks become more unrealistic to catch. The Blues could help us out with a win.
Los Angeles at Nashville, 5 p.m. -- Kings. A Kings win coupled with a Sharks loss gets us back in top eight and avenging last week's loss in Nashville would be an added bonus.
Minnesota at Colorado, 6 p.m. -- Wild.With the Wild nearly sunk, we're hoping that they can not repeat Sunday's loss to Colorado and stop the Avs' momentum.
Montreal at Calgary, 6 p.m. -- Canadiens. The Flames are also too close for comfort, so it'd be nice to see the Canadiens create a little more space for us with a win.
Dallas at Vancouver, 7 p.m. -- Canucks. A big game for the Stars against the West's top team, here's hoping the Canucks pull one out.
Edmonton at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. -- Oilers. Unlikely, but if the Coyotes, Stars and Sharks lose and the Kings win -- it's going to be a great night.
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.