Other than their own, two games hold interest for the Kings tonight, as Calgary hosts Colorado and Vancouver hosts Dallas. The rooting interest in the latter is clear, but in the first game, one team’s already-dim playoff hopes would essentially vanish with a regulation loss. A handful of teams — the Kings, Dallas, Phoenix, San Jose — will just be hoping that game ends in regulation and that it’s not a dreaded three-point game. This isn’t anything new, but the three-point game is the bane of scoreboard-watchers everywhere, and Darryl Sutter isn’t a fan of the “bonus’’ point.
SUTTER: “It should just be two (points). You get points for losing, but you’re going to have the fan-friendly shootout.’’
Sutter raised the idea, as many others have, of awarding three points for a regulation win, and indicated that the league sends mixed messages about the importance of the shootout.
SUTTER: “If it’s such a great thing, why don’t they keep stats for it? All I hear, from guys that cover teams and stuff is, `Mike Richards, what’s wrong with Mike Richards? What’s wrong with Jeff Carter?’ Well, they scored the three biggest goals we’ve had (recently, in shootouts). We’re still in the playoff race because of the goals they scored. If it’s so important, why don’t we talk about the goal that Mike Richards scored, or Jeff Carter scored, or Dustin Brown scored?’’