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Tuesday’s Kings-Centric Standings Update

The Good: Kings win, Preds lose, Yotes lose.

The Bad: Canucks win, Wings win.

Meh: Blues win, Hawks lose.

As a result…

  • Kings jump up to 6th.
    Flames are five points from the 8th place Preds.
    The Canucks have made it past the 95 point threshold.
    St. Louis lives to fight another day.
    Tomorrow’s big games: COL/ANA, PHX/CGY./

Here are the standings in points-blown* (if you haven’t seen my version of standings before, scroll to the bottom for the explanation):

  1. San Jose Sharks 48 (1) +12
  2. Chicago Blackhawks 49 (2) +11
  3. Vancouver Canucks 56 (3) +4 [1st in div.]
  4. Phoenix Coyotes 52 (4) +8
  5. Detroit Red Wings 59 (6) +1
  6. Los Angeles Kings 60 (7) —
  7. Colorado Avalanche 61 (8) -1
  8. Nashville Predators 62 (5) -2
  9. Calgary Flames 67 (9) -7
  10. St. Louis Blues 69 (10) -9
  11. Dallas Stars
  12. Anaheim Ducks
  13. Minnesota Wild
  14. Columbus Blue Jackets
  15. Edmonton Oilers

And here’s the record each team needs from here on, to get to the assumed magical (official) point total of 95***:

  1. Chicago Blackhawks**
  2. San Jose Sharks**
  3. Phoenix Coyotes**
  4. Vancouver Canucks**
  5. Nashville Predators 0-3-1
  6. Los Angeles Kings 1-4-1
  7. Detroit Red Wings 2-5-0
  8. Colorado Avalanche 3-4-0
  9. Calgary Flames 5-1-0
  10. St. Louis Blues 6-0-0
  11. Dallas Stars
  12. Anaheim Ducks
  13. Minnesota Wild
  14. Columbus Blue Jackets
  15. Edmonton Oilers

*standings in points-blown explained: “points blown” means, literally, how many points your team could have had, but squandered; a loss is 2 blown points, a “half-loss” (OTL/SOL) is one blown point, a win is zero blown points. The resulting standings are golf-like, the fewer blown points the better. Two points “awarded” for every loss, one point for every OTL/SOL. Again, 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.

**already hit 95 points.

***95 points is the likely playoff threshold. It might end up being 94 or 96. 93 is unlikely to be enough for the teams currently on the outside looking in. At this point, if Calgary gets 95 points, there’s only a 1:3 chance of that being good enough.

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