The Return of The Real SORTABLE Western Conference Standings

NEW YORK NY - FEBRUARY 17: Stan Lee releases Kings-themed superhero. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Tonight's Results

  • The Good: Kings half-win.

  • The Bad: Kings half-lose, Sharks win, Coyotes win, Preds win. 

  • The Doesn't Matter: Canucks lose, Wings win.

Tomorrow's Games

  • ANA @ MIN -- I prefer (always) for the Ducks to lose, but I'll take a Wild loss; in any case, no Bettman point!
  • CBJ @ CHI -- Go Jackets!

Now, the updated standings:


Q OFF   PTS W% PRJ PB +/- to95 GR R/OTW R/OT/SO
1 1 VAN 83 0.7034 115.4 35 13 5-16-2 23 35 33-13/2-4/2-5
2 2 DET 76 0.6667 109.3 38 10 8-14-3 25 33 26-16/7-4/2-2
3 4 NAS 70 0.6034 99.0 46 2 11-10-3 24 25 25-19/0-5/6-3
4 3 PHX 71 0.6017 98.7 47 1 11-10-2 23 28 27-19/1-6/3-3
5 5 SJS 70 0.5932 97.3 48 0 11-9-3 23 29 26-21/3-4/3-2
6 6 ANA 68 0.5862 96.1 48 0 12-9-3 24 28 25-22/3-2/4-2
7 8 DAL 68 0.5862 96.1 48 0 12-9-3 24 26 22-21/4-2/5-4
8 7 LAK 68 0.5862 96.1 48 0 12-9-3 24 25 24-22/1-2/7-2
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 9 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 44 0.3793 62.2 72 -24 n/a 24 17 15-32/2-1/1-7

Click on the headers to sort.

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. +/- is the distance in points-blown above or below the 8th seed. 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 and losses in each of regulation/overtime/shoot-out. 

Some observations:

  • The Kings are (in points-blown and W%) in a four-way tie for 5th, 2 points out of 3rd, 1 point from 9th. 

  • In the official standings, they are in a three-way tie for 6th. 

  • The Kings lose the first tie-breaker against any of those teams, due to fewer R/OTWs. 

  • Six points separate 3rd from 13th. 

  • St. Louis has three more games left than the Kings and could use those games to vault themselves back into the race. 

  • Perversely, the Kings are helping themselves by losing in OT/SO now, instead of regulation. 

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