- The remaining schedule breaks down into three sections. (1) before 4/1, (2) 4/2-4/5, (3) 4/6-4/7.
- In considering what needs to happen, I'm working from the following premise: the Kings absolutely cannot go into those last two games with San Jose needing to win both of them.
- The only way the Kings can put themselves in an ideal situation (where they don't need any points) with regard to those San Jose games is if they go 4-0 between now and then.
- Even that (4-0) might not be enough, but it probably would be.
- I think it's reasonable to expect San Jose to win 2 out 3 of its next three games and 2 out of 3 of its last three. That's 96 points.
- I think it's reasonable to expect Dallas to do the same. 2 out of 3, then 2 out of 3. 95 points.
- Phoenix has five games left. Reasonable? 3 out of 5. 93 points.
- Colorado: 3 of 4. 92 points.
- Calgary: 3 of 5. 91 points.
- The Kings will lose the ROW tie-breaker with Dallas, and are tied currently with Phoenix in ROWs.
- LA and Phoenix also tied in the season series -- which means if we end up tied with Phoenix, it will go to goal-differential. The Kings currently have a 12 goal advantage on the Coyotes in GD, so that's reassuring.
- My feeling is, the Kings need to get 94 points.
- And: they need to get at least to 92 by the time we get to the last two games.
- Which means we need six points out of the next four games.
- To pile on with the sports voodoo, I do not want to go into the last three games needing to win 2 of 3.
- So the Kings really need to win the next three games.
- Of course, it would be nice if some of those other teams would go on losing streaks.
- Unfortunately, the Kings are the ones who just dropped two in a row, in regulation.