LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings is pursued by Mike Ribeiro #63 of the Dallas Stars in the third period at Staples Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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. MAX is maximum points possible for that team. 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.
- The Kings haven't had home-ice advantage in a playoff series in 19 years (1992), when they finished 4th in the Campbell Conference and lost in the first round to Edmonton.
- They haven't won a playoff series in which they had home-ice advantage since 1991, when they finished 3rd in the Campbell Conference, beat Vancouver in the 1st round, and then lost to Edmonton in the 2nd round.
- They have won a game 7 at home twice, the last being 1989,
CalgaryEdmonton. The other was in 1969, against Oakland.
- As everybody probably knows, a win tomorrow against San Jose clinches at least 8th.
- The tie-breaker wins battle is probably going to decide some seeds. As of today, the Kings, Hawks and Preds are tied at 36, with the Coyotes one up, at 37.
- If the Kings can win three out of four (no shoot-outs), they'll end up at 39, which will likely be good enough to prevail against Chicago and Nashville in a tie-breaker, and probably Phoenix, too (unless the Kings lose their remaining game with Phoenix).