Breakdown of final 25 games
Starting with Thursday night’s home game against Phoenix, the Kings have 25 games remaining in the regular season. Entering today’s games, the Kings are in seventh place in the Western Conference, with 65 points. They are one point behind Pacific Division leader San Jose, but the Sharks have four games in hand. The Kings are tied in points with sixth-place Chicago, which has played one fewer game and has more regulation wins. The Kings are three points ahead of eighth-place Phoenix, which has one game in hand, and five points ahead of Calgary and Colorado.
How do the final 25 games look? Here’s a primer…
— The Kings will play 11 at home and 14 on the road.
— The Kings play 24 games against Western Conference teams, and one against the East (Boston at home). The Kings play seven games against Pacific Division teams (three vs. San Jose, two vs. Anaheim and Phoenix).
— The Kings play 15 games against teams currently in a playoff spot (two at Nashville, one at home vs. Nashville, two at home vs. San Jose, one at San Jose, one at Phoenix, one at home vs. Phoenix, one at Chicago, one at home vs. Chicago, one at Detroit, one at home vs. Detroit, one at Vancouver, one at home vs. St. Louis and one at home vs. Boston).
— The Kings have five sets of back-to-back games remaining (Feb. 21-22, at Phoenix, at Colorado; Feb. 27-28, at Nashville, at Minnesota; March 8-9, at Columbus, at Detroit; March 16-17, at Anaheim, vs. Nashville; March 30-31, at Edmonton, at Minnesota).