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2012 NHL Playoffs: Kings Surge Into Pacific Division Lead With Four Games Left

The Los Angeles Kings scored a huge road win on Friday night in Edmonton, topping the Oilers 4-1 at Rexall Place to take sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. The Kings are seeking their first division crown in 21 years, and have four games left to get it done.

There are four teams separated by a total of two points. The winner of the division will claim the third seed in the Western Conference, while one and perhaps two teams could miss out on the playoffs entirely. Here is a look at the updated Pacific Division standings through games of Friday night:

NHL Pacific Division Standings
Team Games W-L-OL Pts Remaining
LA Kings
78 39-27-12 90 2 home / 2 road
Dallas 78 42-31-5 89 2 home / 2 road
Phoenix 78 38-27-13 89 2 home / 2 road
San Jose
78 39-29-10 88 2 home / 2 road
Anaheim 77 33-33-11 77 1 home / 4 road
Through games of March 30

On Saturday, all five teams in the Pacific are on the ice, with a pair of intradivisional matchups. Here is the Saturday schedule for the Pacific Division:

  • 5 p.m. - Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota
  • 6 p.m. - Anaheim at Phoenix
  • 7:30 p.m. - Dallas at San Jose

For more Kings news and information, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.