- 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.
Kings vs. Western Conference
Points-Blown Standings (regular season final)
- Q = my standings, default sorted by points-blown (explanation of points-blown here).
- NHL = the official standings, via NHL.COM.
- DIV = Divisional ranking. C is Central; N is Northwest; P is Pacific.
- R/OT/SO = wins and losses in each of regulation, over-time, and shoot-out.
- GR = games-remaining.
- ROW = regulation plus OT (but not SO) wins. The first tie-breaker.
- GD = goal-differential.
- PT% = points-percentage.
- ’11-’12 = final PT% from the previous season.
- DIFF = the difference between this year’s and last year’s PT%.
- OSP% = “old school points percentage” — PT% with 2 points awarded for a regulation or OT win, 1 point for SO win or loss, and 0 points for a loss in regulation or OT. In other words, no Bettman point, and games that are tied after OT are ties (no shoot-out).
- 321% = winning % (actually % of possible points) if a team is awarded 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an OT or SO win, and 1 point for an OT or SO loss. (This is a system that many think should be used by the league. I like it expressed as a point-% because it penalizes teams for giving away loser points, e.g. a team that is 10-0 with all wins in regulation is at 1.000, but a team that is 10-0 with all wins in OT is at 0.667. This only seems fair, since we already have a system where a team that is 0-10 but loses every game in OT has a point-% of .500, but a team that is 0-10 with ten losses in regulation is 0.000.)
- PRJ = projected point total for 48 games.
- TO 54 = the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold. I lowered the presumptive playoff threshold to 54 points, from 55.
- PB = points-blown.
- 8th+/- = the distance in points-blown above or below the 8th seed.
- PA = Points-Against — how many points a team has allowed other teams to earn. A loss of any kind is 2 points-against. An OT or SO win is 1 point-against.
- PD = Point-differential — Points a team has earned, minus points-against.
- PA% = Points-against percentage — a team’s points-against divided by the sum total of points earned in the conference, i.e. your share of the damage.