It’s another day of scoreboard watching for the Kings, and it doesn’t get much more complicated than the game that will face off shortly. Calgary, three points behind the Kings (in 11th place) hosts Dallas, which is one point ahead of the Kings, in eighth place. It’s really a no-win situation for the Kings, as either the Stars will pull farther ahead or the Flames will pull closer (or both, if it’s a three-point game). I asked Darryl Sutter who he was cheering for.
“Can they both get nothing?’’ Sutter said with a grin.
Sutter then offered more expansive thoughts, that seemed to indicate he would rather keep Calgary down in the standings. “You try to take care of your own, and get a little help,’’ Sutter said. “A better way to look at it is, it’s better to get it down to three or four teams. That’s probably a better way of looking at it.’’
The fascinating website sportsclubstats.com, which tracks teams’ playoff chances on a daily basis, says the Kings would be better off with a Calgary victory. In the short term, that seems obvious, because the Kings can’t get to the playoffs without passing the eighth-place team, but there’s still a long road to go. Or, as Sutter put it, in summation, “There ain’t no weak sisters.’’