Last night's results
The Bad: PHX won, NAS won.
ANA @ DAL -- The chances of these teams being tied for the last playoff spot at the end of the season are pretty good. So this would be a good time for whomever to step up. Go Stars. In regulation.
CGY @ SJS -- Go...Sharks? In regulation.
FLA @ CHI -- Go Panthers.
Now, the updated standings:
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.
- Oh, before I start: yes, out of an overabundance of caution, I upped the playoff threshold to 97. Although I'm still comfortable at 96, I don't want to infect anyone with my rosy outlook.
- The Kings are 4 points-blown (and 4 official points) out of 1st in the Pacific.
- The Kings are one point-blown out of 9th place.
- The Kings are 3 official points out of 9th.
- The Kings have not gained any ground on Chicago in goal-differential, and have lost ground to San Jose and Nashville. Actually, forget about the CHI goal-differential thing; the Kings lost the season series against the Hawks, so would never get to the GD tie-breaker.
- A win against the Sharks tomorrow would give the Kings the lead in the season series, with one game left.
- CHI has 34 wins and LA, PHX and DAL have 33. Since the Kings stand a reasonable chance of ending up tied with one of these teams, it would be a good idea to win the first tie-breaker.
- As I said yesterday, I think the chances of a team missing the playoffs on a tie-breaker are pretty good.
- Not only does every point count, but every goal counts.
- The teams in the logjam need to be playing a 5-0 game the same way they would be playing a 1-1 game. Never take it easy. Never pass up a chance to drive up the score. The 9th goal in a 9-3 game might be the difference between making the playoffs and not.