Tuesday in Edmonton: The Good, The Bad, The Real Standings

Last night's results

The Good:

The Bad: ANA won, CHI won. 

Tonight's Games

LAK @ EDM -- GO KINGS.

DAL @ PHX -- A Dallas loss would back them up pretty much against the wall (needing to go 5-1-1 to get to 97). A Phoenix loss is great for the Kings, too. I can't choose. Just keep it in regulation.

VAN @ NAS -- Go Canucks. 

CHI @ BOS -- Go Bruins. 

Now, the updated standings:

Q NHL   PTS W% PRJ LSF PB +/- TO 97 GR GRb W! SS SSGR GD Qcl
1 1 VAN 109 0.7171 117.6 103 43 18 n/a 6 2 46 1 1 72 110
2 2 DET 98 0.6447 105.7 102 54 7 -1-6-1 6 3 40 3 LAK 28 95
3 3 SJS 97 0.6382 104.7 113 55 6 0-6-0 6 6 39 0 1 25 95
4 5 LAK 92 0.6133 100.6 101 58 3 2-4-1 7 4 34 n/a n/a 26 95
5 6 NAS 92 0.6053 99.3 100 60 1 2-3-1 6 0 35 4 LAK 23 90
6 8 CHI 90 0.6000 98.4 112 60 1 3-3-1 7 0 36 -8 CHI 36 90
7 4 PHX 93 0.6039 99.0 107 61 0 2-3-0 5 2 37 -2 1 7 90
8 7 ANA 91 0.5987 98.2 89 61 0 3-3-0 6 3 39 1 2 -2 90
9 10 DAL 86 0.5811 95.3 88 62 -1 5-2-1 8 3 33 3 LAK -2 90
10 9 CGY 87 0.5649 92.6 90 67 -6 5-0-0 5 1 30 2 LAK 9 85
11 11 MIN 78 0.5200 85.3 84 72 -11 n/a 7 1 33 1 LAK -25 80
12 12 CBJ 77 0.5133 84.2 79 73 -12 n/a 7 3 29 3 LAK -30 80
13 13 STL 77 0.5133 84.2 90 73 -12 n/a 7 2 30 -8 STL -7 80
14 14 COL 64 0.4267 70.0 95 86 -25 n/a 7 4 23 8 LAK -56 65
15 15 EDM 57 0.3800 62.3 62 93 -32 n/a 7 1 21 5 LAK -69 55

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 97 is the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold. GR is games-remaining. GRb is games-remaining against the six "blue" teams. 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. Qcl is clustered points, which corrects for variance in games-played and then rounds point totals to the nearest multiple of 5. The idea is to emphasize which teams are bunched together, or, to put it another way, are "more or less tied." It may be useless or annoying. Feel free to ignore. 

Observations:

  • LAK is two points-blown up on CHI and NAS, three ahead of PHX and ANA, and four ahead of DAL. 
  • And yes, LAK is three PB behind SJS, and 4 behind DET. But don't get cocky.
  • As of now, the Kings are on pace to equal their point total of last season, the third best point total in franchise history. 
  • The Kings have never had two 100+ point seasons in a row. 
  • If the Kings get to 101 this year, they will equal the best three consecutive seasons in franchise history. 1999-2002: 94+92+95=281. 2008-2011: 79+101+101=281. 
  • Coaches named Murray rule, apparently. 
  • The Ducks play the Flames tomorrow. A Stars loss today and a Flames loss tomorrow could greatly clarify the identity of the playoff teams. 
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