The Kings finished ahead of San Jose in the standings for the first time since 2003, the end of the season in which Dean Lombardi was fired as Sharks GM.
The Kings were second in the conference in regulation wins, with 24, one win behind Chicago.
The Kings finished the season tied in points with Vancouver. Were the two teams in the same division, the Kings would have won the tie-breaker (ROWs). As it stands, Vancouver has the 3rd seed, the Kings 5th.
The Kings finished 7 points behind the Ducks, but only allowed 2 more points-against (see “PA” column in points-blown standings). That is, the Ducks and Kings were equivalently difficult for opposing teams to earn points against. The Ducks handed out more OT/SO points.
Compared to the previous season, the Ducks were the most improved team in the West (see “DIFF” column in points-blown standings), followed by the Hawks, Jackets, Wild, Kings, Oilers and Sharks.
Everyone else got worse.
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