Friday/Kings Rest: The Good, The Bad, The Real Standings

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings is congratulated by teammate Trevor Lewis #22 after their 4-3 shootout overtime win against the San Jose Sharks in the NHL game at Staples Center on March 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Last night's results

The Good: KINGS WON, ANA lost, SJS half-lost.

The Bad: NAS won, PHX won.

Tonight's Big Games

None that impact the Kings. 

Now, the updated standings:

Q NHL   PTS W% PRJ LSF PB +/- TO 97 GR W! SS SSGR GD
1 1 VAN 105 0.7095 116.4 103 43 17 n/a 8 44 1 1 67
2 2 DET 95 0.6419 105.3 102 53 7 1-7-0 8 39 3 LAK 27
3 3 SJS 95 0.6333 103.9 113 55 5 1-6-0 7 38 1 1 22
4 5 LAK 90 0.6081 99.7 101 58 2 3-4-1 8 33 n/a n/a 23
5 7 CHI 88 0.6027 98.8 112 58 2 4-4-1 9 35 -8 CHI 36
6 4 PHX 93 0.6118 100.3 107 59 1 2-4-0 6 37 -2 1 10
7 6 NAS 90 0.6000 98.4 100 60 0 3-3-1 7 34 4 LAK 21
8 9 DAL 86 0.5890 96.6 88 60 0 5-3-1 9 33 3 LAK 0
9 8 ANA 87 0.5878 96.4 89 61 -1 5-3-0 8 37 1 2 -4
10 10 CGY 85 0.5592 91.7 90 67 -7 6-0-0 6 30 2 LAK 8
11 11 MIN 78 0.5270 86.4 84 70 -10 n/a 8 33 1 LAK -22
12 12 CBJ 77 0.5203 85.3 79 71 -11 n/a 8 29 3 LAK -27
13 13 STL 75 0.5068 83.1 90 73 -13 n/a 8 29 -8 STL -10
14 14 COL 64 0.4384 71.9 95 82 -22 n/a 9 23 6 LAK -52
15 15 EDM 56 0.3784 62.1 62 92 -32 n/a 8 21 5 LAK -68

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:

  • LAK is three points ahead of ANA, and both teams have six games before their home-and-home to close out the season. 
  • I would like the Kings to get to 98 before those two games, or 8 points out of their next 6 games. 4-2-0. That way, they won't need anything going in. 
  • As much as I still want CHI, PHX and NAS to lose (can never be too careful), it's probably going to come down to DAL and ANA; specifically, how soon one of them drops out of contention. 
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