With the win and a San Jose Sharks 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Kings and Sharks are now tied with 88 points and, as of Wednesday night, sit in the seventh and eighth playoff slots in the Western Conference, passing the dormant Phoenix Coyotes, who have 87 points. Unfortunately, the season does not end now, so the Kings will need to keep this pace through their last few games and hope the Sharks continue to falter.
As for the Pacific Division lead, the Dallas Stars remained on top with a win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday and remain just one point ahead of the Kings, well within reach if everything goes right.
|NHL Pacific Division Standings|
|Dallas||77||42-30-5||89||2 home / 3 road|
||77||38-27-12||88||2 home / 3 road|
||77||39-28-10||88||2 home / 3 road|
|Phoenix||77||37-27-13||87||3 home / 2 road|
|Anaheim||77||33-33-11||77||1 home / 4 road|
|Through games of March 28|
Of the five remaining games for the teams, the Stars play two games against the Sharks and the Kings play their final two games of the season against the Sharks. The Coyotes play the Sharks once. All other remaining games will be outside of the division. On paper, San Jose has the best chance of writing their own destiny, as all five of their final games are against the teams they are battling with for a playoff slot and the division title.
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