Friday Night: The Good, The Bad, The Real Standings
Results from Thursday and Friday
The Good: LAK won, MIN lost, NAS lost, STL lost, PHX lost,
The Bad: DAL won, CHI won, CBJ won, SJS won, STL won, MIN won, CGY and ANA got Bettman points.
Tomorrow's Big Games
NAS @ DAL -- these teams are tied, both 2 points behind the Kings. I don't care who wins, but do it in regulation.
COL @ LAK -- GO KINGS.
Sunday's Big Games
CBJ @ NAS -- Mostly, I want to avoid Bettman points, but I would prefer CBJ to drop out of the hunt. Go Preds.
PHX @ CHI -- Again, no Bettmans, but I guess I would rather CHI lose (on the principle that it's better for the team that's lower in the standings to stay lower).
STL @ CGY -- The Blues are only barely hanging on to hope. The Kings need more distance between them and the Flames. Go Blues.
COL @ ANA -- Duh. Go Avs.
Monday's Big Games
CHI @ MIN -- No Bettmans.
DET @ LAK -- GO KINGS.
Now, the updated standings:
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. PRJ is projected point total for 82 games. PB is points-blown. +/- is the distance in points-blown above or below the 8th seed. TO 95 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). R, OT and SO are regulation, over-time and shoot-out, and W and L after each indicates wins and losses for each of those three categories (e.g. R:W is regulation wins, OT:W is over-time wins, etc.).
- The Kings are officially in 5th, though points-blown has them in 4th.
- They are six points behind San Jose for 1st in the Pacific. But they are only 2 points-blown behind.
- The only good news re SJS handing out Bettmans tonight, was that they won in a shoot-out, not OT. That means the win does not count in the coming battle of the first tie-breakers.
- Eight official points (but only 4 points-blown) separate 3rd from 10th.
- The Kings have won the season series with MIN.
- Five of the eight games between now and Monday are Round Zero playoff games, with teams fighting for the 3-8 spots going head to head.