Monday Night: The Good, The Bad, The New Real Standings
The Good: SJS lost, MIN lost.
The Bad: CHI won.
Tomorrow's Big Games (Kings-wise)
LAK @ NAS -- LA is 3 points up on the Preds. This is a good chance to help them along in their descent. GO KINGS.
SJS @ DAL -- Either way. Just end it in regulation.
PHX @ CGY -- ditto.
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 (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 96 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). SS and SSGR indicate season series results against the Kings (Kings’ points-earned vs. opponent'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.
Oh, and I should point out, out of an overabundance of caution, I raised the playoff threshold to 96 points. According to Sportsclubstats, in their 100,000,000 simulations, 96 points gets the Kings into the playoffs between 98 and 99% of the time (depending on how many loser points are involved). 95 points still has the Kings above 90%, but several other teams are now looking at 96 points to break the 90% threshold. Thus, the change.
- I dropped MIN into the red, designating them as essentially out of the race (though mathematically there's still a chance; all they have to do is going 9-2-1).
- SJS dropped into the blue, as they seem determined to keep it interesting. The Kings have two games left with the Sharks.
- LAK is 3 points behind SJS, but only one measly point-blown back.
- Wait, do we even want home ice advantage in the playoffs?