The Good, The Bad and What's Up Tomorrow (not to mention The Real Western Conference Standings)

DENVER CO - FEBRUARY 16: I just like this picture. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tonight's Results

  • The Good: Kings won, Ducks lost, Wild lost, Stars lost.
  • The Bad: Hawks won, Flames won.
  • The Doesn't Matter: Bettman Point for the Blue Jackets.

Tomorrow's Games

  • LAK @ NYR -- Go Kings.
  • VAN @ NAS -- Go Canucks.
  • ATL @ PHX -- Go Thrashers.
  • WAS @ SJS -- Go Caps.
Q OFF.   PTS W% PRJ PB +/- to95 GR R/OTW R/OT/SO
1 1 VAN 83 0.7155 117.3 33 15 5-17-2 24 35 33-12/2-4/2-5
2 2 DET 74 0.6607 108.4 38 10 9-14-3 26 32 25-16/7-4/2-2
3 4 NAS 68 0.5965 97.8 46 2 12-10-3 25 24 24-19/0-5/6-3
4 3 PHX 69 0.5948 97.6 47 1 12-10-2 24 27 26-19/1-6/3-3
5 9 LAK 67 0.5877 96.4 47 1 13-10-2 25 25 24-22/1-2/7-1
6 5 ANA 68 0.5862 96.1 48 0 12-9-3 24 28 25-22/3-2/4-2
7 7 SJS 68 0.5862 96.1 48 0 12-9-3 24 28 25-21/3-4/3-2
8 6 DAL 68 0.5862 96.1 48 0 12-9-3 24 26 22-21/4-2/5-4
9 10 MIN 65 0.5702 93.5 49 -1 14-9-2 25 28 24-22/4-1/2-4
10 11 CHI 64 0.5614 92.1 50 -2 14-8-3 25 26 24-22/2-2/3-4
11 13 STL 59 0.5364 88.0 51 -3 17-8-2 27 22 20-21/2-4/3-5
12 8 CGY 68 0.5667 92.9 52 -4 12-7-3 22 24 22-22/2-3/6-5
13 12 CBJ 62 0.5439 89.2 52 -4 15-7-3 25 24 20-23/4-3/4-3
14 14 COL 57 0.4914 80.6 59 -11 18-4-2 24 22 17-26/5-7/3-0
15 15 EDM 42 0.3684 60.4 72 -24 n/a 25 16 14-32/2-1/1-7

KEY: Q is my standings, sorted by points-blown (explanation of points-blown here). OFF. is the official (ESPN) standings. PRJ is projected point total for 82 games. PB is points-blown. TO95 is the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold. GR is games-remaining. R/OTW is wins plus OT wins (the first tie-breaker).R/OT/SO is the team's record broken down into wins-losses in regulation/overtime/shoot-out. So, for example, LAK is 24-22 in regulation, 1-2 in OT and 6-1 in the shoot-out.

Some observations:

  • The Kings jump from 8th to a tie for 4th in points-blown. The Kings are 5th in W%. And, yes, still 9th in the deceptive, official standings. 
  • As it stands, the Kings would lose the tie-breaker to all the teams they might actually tie, with the exception of the Preds. They need to finish some of these SOWs before the shoot-out. Then maybe convert some of those regulation losses to OT/SOLs, and we'll be onto something!
  • The Kings have clawed their way back to ten games over .500, which they haven't been since they beat SJS 4-0 on 12/27/10. 
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