1stop shopping: The Good, The Bad, Today's Games, The Real Standings

Yesterday's Results

The Good: LAK half-won, MIN half-lost, DAL half-lost.

The Bad: ANA won, NAS won, SJS won. 

Today's Games

NAS @ BUF -- Go Sabres.

MTL @ MIN -- Go Habs. 

CHI @ PHX -- I would prefer the Coyotes to win, just to keep Chicago from pulling even with the Kings. But I'll take a regulation win either way. 

CGY @ ANA -- I would prefer the Flames keep the Ducks down, but in any case NO BETTMAN POINTS.

Now, the updated standings:

Q NHL   PTS W% PRJ LSF PB +/- TO 96 GR W! SS SSGR GD
1 1 VAN 103 0.7055 115.7 103 43 16 n/a 9 43 1 1 66
2 2 DET 94 0.6528 107.1 102 50 9 1-9-0 10 39 3 LAK 29
3 3 SJS 92 0.6301 103.3 113 54 5 2-7-0 9 37 -1 2 20
4 4 PHX 89 0.6096 100.0 107 57 2 3-5-1 9 35 -2 1 7
5 5 LAK 86 0.5972 97.9 101 58 1 5-5-0 10 33 n/a n/a 21
6 7 CHI 84 0.5915 97.0 112 58 1 6-5-0 11 33 -8 CHI 31
7 6 DAL 85 0.5903 96.8 88 59 0 5-4-1 10 33 3 LAK 1
8 9 ANA 83 0.5845 95.9 89 59 0 6-4-1 11 35 1 2 -5
9 8 NAS 84 0.5833 95.7 100 60 -1 6-4-0 10 31 4 LAK 17
10 10 CGY 83 0.5685 93.2 90 63 -4 6-2-1 9 30 1 1 13
11 11 MIN 78 0.5417 88.8 84 66 -7 9-1-0 10 33 1 LAK -12
12 12 CBJ 76 0.5352 87.8 79 66 -7 10-1-0 11 29 3 LAK -20
13 13 STL 73 0.5069 83.1 90 71 -12 n/a 10 28 -8 STL -13
14 14 COL 62 0.4366 71.6 95 80 -21 n/a 11 23 6 LAK -52
15 15 EDM 56 0.3889 63.8 62 88 -29 n/a 10 21 5 LAK -62

Click on the headers to sort.

KEY: Q is my standings, default sorted by points-blown (explanation of points-blown here). NHL is the official standings, via NHL.COM (ESPN has the tie-breakers wrong). PRJ is projected point total for 82 games. LSF is last season's final point total. PB is points-blown. +/- is the distance in points-blown above or below the 8th seed. TO 96 is the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold. GR is games-remaining. W! is wins plus OT wins (the first tie-breaker). SS and SSGR are season series against the Kings (Kings’ points-earned vs. that team’s points-earned) and games remaining (team  name in the SSGR column means that team has won the season series). 2 points for a Kings win, 1 for an OT or SO win, -1 for an OT or SO loss, -2 for a loss. GD is goal--differential. 

Observations:

  • 3 points-blown separate 4th from 9th. 
  • 6 official points separate 4th from 9th.
  • The disparity is attributable to PHX's 1-2 extra games-played (depending on who you compare to). 
  • LAK, DAL, CHI and ANA are clustered with a single point-blown between them. 
  • Losing last night, the Kings blew a chance to climb into a tie with Anaheim in tie-breaker wins. 
  • Instead, the Kings are tied at 33 wins (W!) with Chicago and Dallas, two behind Phoenix and Anaheim and four behind San Jose. We need to close that gap. 
  • That's especially important re Chicago, since we've already lost the season series against them. (i.e. either we beat them in W! or we don't beat them.) 
  • A Flames loss today and they're all but done. I don't think they'll be able to close out the season 6-1-1. Still, I'm rooting for them to beat Anaheim. 
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