## The only standings that matter

In recognition of the fact that the Kings have played themselves into a nail-biting playoff race, I've simplified the "real" (a.k.a. "points-blown") standings. Here's all you need to know. If you're a Ducks or Sharks fan, it might make you feel worse; if you're an Avs or Wild fan, it might make you feel better. Everyone else, you'll feel about the same. For now.

"Q" = position in my standings, ranked in order of points-blown ("PB"). "OFF." = the official standings (via ESPN). Points-blown is the total number of points a team has failed to earn, to date; a loss is 2 points-blown; an OTL/SOL is 1. So it's like golf. Lower number is better. "PRJ" = projected point total. "to94" is the record needed to get to the presumed -- by me -- threshold of 94 points (we can debate the merits of this presumption in the comments; I base it on the fact that, at 94 points, the odds of every team in the conference of making the playoffs are above 90%). "GP" is games played. "W" is wins, not counting SOWs. This is the first tie-breaker, so it's sort of important.

The budgeted number of OTL/SOLs (in the to94 column) is based on league averages. You are, of course, free to lose more in regulation if you lose less (times two) in OT/SO.

The Kings are in 10th, 5 points out of 4th, 1 point out of 7th-8th. They can afford 14 more losses (or 12 losses and 4 OT/SOLs, etc.). They're not totally screwed, but if I were them, I wouldn't save all the wins for the last 25 games.

 Q OFF. PTS W% PRJ PB to94 GP W 1 1 VAN 64 0.711 117 26 13-20-4 45 27 2 2 DET 62 0.689 113 28 14-19-4 45 26 3 3 DAL 61 0.663 109 31 15-17-4 46 24 4 5 NAS 54 0.600 98 36 18-15-4 45 19 5 4 PHX 55 0.598 98 37 18-14-4 46 21 6 8 COL 52 0.578 95 38 19-14-4 45 20 7 6 CHI 54 0.574 94 40 19-13-3 47 22 8 9 STL 48 0.545 89 40 21-13-4 44 18 9 11 MIN 49 0.544 89 41 21-12-4 45 22 10 10 LAK 49 0.544 89 41 21-12-4 45 20 11 7 ANA 54 0.563 92 42 19-12-3 48 23 12 9 SJS 51 0.543 89 43 20-12-3 47 21 13 13 CBJ 46 0.511 84 44 22-11-4 45 17 14 14 CGY 46 0.500 82 46 22-10-4 46 15 15 15 EDM 35 0.398 65 53 28-6-4 44 13

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