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Stanley Cup Playoff Race: March 29, 2012

Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 1:02 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Dewayne Hankins  - Director, Digital Media
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Stanley Cup Playoff Race: March 29, 2012
Standings as of March 29, 2012
  GR W L OT PTS ROW +/- LY PTS LAST NIGHT TONIGHT H/R
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LAST FIVE GAMES
1 Anaheim Ducks X 5 48 20 9 105 44 +52 109   @CHI 3/2 3/29
@CHI
3/31
vs. CBJ
4/4
vs. DET
4/6
vs. PHX
4/7
@DAL
2 Vancouver Canucks Y 5 47 21 9 103 40 +44 98 W, 1-0
vs. COL
  4/1 3/30
VS. DAL
3/31
vs. CGY
4/3
vs. ANA
4/5
@CGY
4/7
VS. EDM
3 Chicago Blackhawks D 5 42 30 5 89 35 +1 97 W, 3-1
@EDM
  2/3 3/30
@VAN
3/31
@SJ
4/3
vs. SJ
4/5
@NSH
4/7
vs. STL
4 Detroit Red Wings X 5 46 26 5 97 39 +48 93 L, 4-2
@CBJ
  4/1 3/30
vs. NSH
4/1
vs. FLA
4/4
@STL
4/5
vs. NJ
4/7
vs. CHI
5 Nashville Predators X 5 44 25 8 96 40 +17 92     3/2 3/30
@DET
3/31
vs. CHI
4/3
vs. MIN
4/5
vs. DAL
4/7
@COL
6 Chicago Blackhawks   5 42 26 9 93 37 +9 92   VS. STL 2/3 3/29
vs. STL
3/31
@NSH
4/1
vs. MIN
4/5
@MIN
4/7
@DET
7 Chicago Blackhawks   5 38 27 12 88 32 +13 91 W, 3-0
@CGY
  2/3 3/30
@EDM
3/31
@MIN
4/2
vs. EDM
4/5
vs. SJ
4/7
@SJ
8 Los Angeles Kings   5 39 28 10 88 31 +12 90 L, 3-1
@ANA
@PHX 2/3 3/29
@PHX
3/31
vs. DAL
4/3
@DAL
4/5
@LA
4/7
vs. LA
                                     
9 Phoenix Coyotes   5 37 27 13 87 31 -2 87   VS. SJ 3/2 3/29
vs. SJ
3/31
vs. ANA
4/3
vs. CBJ
4/6
@STL
4/7
@MIN
10 Chicago Blackhawks   3 40 33 6 86 31 -7 86 L, 1-0
@VAN
  2/1 3/30
@CGY
4/5
vs. CBJ
4/7
vs. NSH
   
11 Chicago Blackhawks   4 35 28 15 85 32 -24 78 L, 3-0
vs. LA
  3/1 3/30
vs. COL
3/31
@VAN
4/5
vs. VAN
4/7
vs. ANA
 
latest on the playoff race
  • What Happened Last Night?
    • The Good: Kings win their biggest game of the season so far. The win came against a fragile Calgary squad, who's path to making the playoffs is now no longer in their hands. Sharks lose to the Ducks, which means we're back in the postseason and sitting at No. 7, a single point behind Dallas for the Pacific Division title. In addition, Vancouver severely cripples the Avs playoff chances by shutting them out. We're basically down to nine teams for eight spots, folks.
    • The Bad: The Stars win over Edmonton is all that prevents the Kings from taking over the Pacific Division lead.
    • The Odd: After tonight, we are down to five or fewer games for all the remaining teams in contention and 11 teams are still in the race. Get ready for a wild ride.
  • Tonight's Games That Matter and Your Guide For Rooting:
    • San Jose at Phoenix, 7 p.m. -- Sharks. At the end of the day its about making the playoffs and after last night's results, the Coyotes are the most vulnerable non-playoff team left now. If Phoenix's path becomes difficult that means that we're down to eight teams for eight spots -- and we'd be in the playoffs. Make sense?
Legend
D - Division Leader, X - Clinched Playoffs, Y - Clinched Division, Z - Clinched Conference, P - Clinched Presidents' Trophy
GR - Games Remaining, W - Wins, L - Losses, OT - OT/Shootout losses (worth one point), PTS - Points
ROW - Regulation and overtime wins -- wins excluding shootout victories
+/- Goal differential, LY PTS - Point total of NHL team with SAME seed at the same point in the 2010-11 season
L10 - Record in last ten games, H/R LEFT - Breakdown of home/road games remaining on the schedule
Tie-Breaking procedure
Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings. If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
  • The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
  • The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout.
  • The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
  • The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.