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Wednesday's Standings in Points-Blown

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The Good: Ducks lose, Wings lose, Flames half-lose, Blues lose.

The Bad: Wild win, Stars win (3pt game GRRRR), Nucks win.

Two points "awarded" for every loss, one point for every OTL/SOL. Lowest point total is best. Number in parentheses is the official standings (via ESPN). Last number (+/-) is number of points (in my system) ahead or behind Los Angeles. Because it's a Kings-centric universe. 

Kings are still tied at 5th, three points from 4th, six points from 9th. A mere 5 points separate VAN, PHX, LAK and NSH. 17 points separate 3rd (COL) from 13th (ANA); COL is 11 points above 9th place DET; ANA is 6 points below 8th seed CGY. Any one of those 11 teams is a winning streak or losing streak away from a dramatic shift. 

  1. San Jose Sharks 28 (1) +13
  2. Chicago Blackhawks 30 (2) +11
  3. Colorado Avalanche 36 (4) +5
  4. Vancouver Canucks 38 (3) +3
  5. Phoenix Coyotes 41 (5) 0
  6. Los Angeles Kings 41 (6) --
  7. Nashville Predators 43 (7) -2
  8. Calgary Flames 47 (8) -6
  9. Detroit Red Wings 47 (9) -6
  10. Dallas Stars 49 (10) -8
  11. Minnesota Wild 50 (12) -9
  12. St. Louis Blues 52 (13) -11
  13. Anaheim Ducks 53 (11) -12
  14. Columbus Blue Jackets 59 (14) -18
  15. Edmonton Oilers 64 (15) -23

Tie breaker is games-played, except that the winner of the tie breaker is the team who has played more games. If this seems counter-intuitive, consider this: A team with a 10-2 record is better than a team with a 2-2 record, who is, in turn better than a team that's 0-2.