February 20, 2011 12:15 pm

Tracking the playoff race

The Kings will be back on the ice for practice tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., preparing for Wednesday’s game at Anaheim. It’s been well-documented how tight the Western Conference playoff race is this season, but given the break in the schedule, it seems like a natural time to take a more in-depth look at what could be called the “stretch drive” of the season. Here’s a look at teams 3-13 in the West, which are separated by only 10 points heading into today’s games. On a daily basis, you can track the playoff race by visiting LAKings.com’s Postseason Race tracker. Who do you consider the favorites to make the playoffs?

3. PHOENIX (73 points)
Games remaining: 22
Home/road split: 11/11
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 13/9
Games vs. Kings: 2

4. SAN JOSE (72 points)
Games remaining: 22
Home/road split: 13/9
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 16/6
Games vs. Kings: 2

5. NASHVILLE (70 points)
Games remaining: 23
Home/road split: 14/9
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 10/13
Games vs. Kings: 1

6. DALLAS (68 points)
Games remaining: 23
Home/road split: 11/12
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 15/8
Games vs. Kings: 3

7. KINGS (68 points)
Games remaining: 23
Home/road split: 14/9
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 16/7

8. ANAHEIM (68 points)
Games remaining: 22
Home/road split: 14/8
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 14/8
Games vs. Kings:

9. CALGARY (68 points)
Games remaining: 22
Home/road split: 12/10
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 13/9
Games vs. Kings: 1

10. MINNESOTA (67 points)
Games remaining: 24
Home/road split: 12/12
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 13/11
Games vs. Kings: 1

11. CHICAGO (64 points)
Games remaining: 24
Home/road split: 10/14
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 16/8
Games vs. Kings: 0

12. COLUMBUS (64 points)
Games remaining: 24
Home/road split: 12/12
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 13/11
Games vs. Kings: 1

13. ST. LOUIS (63 points)
Games remaining: 25
Home/road split: 11/14
Playoff/non-playoff teams: 10/15
Games vs. Kings: 1

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