Points-Blown

Pre-post-season thoughts

  • 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.

Teams locking up seeds

CHI has locked up 1st. ANA has locked up 2nd. VAN has locked up 3rd. LAK will be 4th (83% likelihood), 5th (13%) or 6th (4%). STL is very likely (87%) to be 5th or 6th. SJS is very likely (78%) to be 5th or 6th. MIN is very likely (72%) to be 7th or…

Playoff picture coming into focus

The Kings can finish no lower than 6th, and still have a tiny shot at winning the division. If the Ducks finish no better than 0-2-1 and the Kings win out, the Kings win the division and take 2nd. Therefore, it’s all but certain the Kings will finish 4th or 5th… …with a sliver of…

Last season to this season — who got better, who got worse

Better (in descending order, from best down): CHI, ANA, CBJ, MIN, LAK, SJS, EDM. Worse (still descending, from bad to worse): DAL, STL, VAN, DET, PHX, CGY, COL, NAS. I added a couple of columns to the points-blown standings below. (If it’s not below, click on the points-blown link, either in this sentence, or in…

Jackets really really want to prove me wrong

More power to ‘em. It would be awesome if they made the playoffs. Even more awesome if they drew the Ducks.  But it’s still a long-shot. They’ve only got four games left. Both Detroit and Dallas have the tie-breaker edge. Dallas has two games in hand. Detroit has one. Much will be decided Thursday, which…

Big Night in the West

DAL@CHI — The Stars need to go 4-2-1 to get to 54 points. They are tied with the Jackets in official points, and are two points-blown ahead.  VAN@NAS — A Canucks loss would drop them into a points-blown tie with the Kings. The Kings and Canucks are already tied in official points. CBJ@COL — Colorado…

Post Game Bullets

Ok, Fox Sports dumbasses, the Kings did not “split” the season series with the Ducks. The Kings WON THE SEASON SERIES. Why? Because the Kings won 2, lost 1 and lost 1 in a shoot-out. That’s 2-1-1, 5 points for the Kings, 4 for the Ducks. Kings win by a point. Kings have won the…

WTF – Tuesday Bullets

Kings are still in 4th, officially, but… …are now in 6th in points-blown, tied with the Wild… …and three points-blown from 8th… …which means they’re just two losses from 9th place. The Stars are up by 2 in the season series, with one game left. That shouldn’t matter, because we had better not be tied…

This week’s games that matter

Color-coded by each team’s specific dog-fight. Grey = above or below it all. Monday: PHX@VAN, EDM@ANA Tuesday: SJS@CBJ, STL@NAS, CHI@MIN, LAK@DAL Wednesday: PHX@EDM, VAN@COL Thursday: SJS@DET, STL@MIN, COL@LAK Friday: STL@CBJ, DAL@NAS, DET@CHI, PHX@CGY Saturday: CBJ@MIN, SJS@DAL, CGY@EDM, ANA@LAK, VAN@COL Sunday: CHI@STL, DET@NAS  PHX and EDM are an interesting case this week. They are separated by…