Yesterday’s Western Conference games, from the Kings’ standpoint…
Colorado 4, Minnesota 3: LOSS. I don’t think this one was going to make a huge impact either way, but it did allow Colorado to pass the Kings for third-most points in the West, while Minnesota stays a safe distance back (10 points, one game in hand).
San Jose 4, Dallas 2: WIN. I know there’s some debate about this one, but I feel that the Kings’ chances of staying ahead of Dallas, Phoenix and Anaheim are more realistic than their chances of finishing ahead of San Jose. This game prevented Dallas from pulling within four points of the Kings, still with one game in hand.
St. Louis 7, Edmonton 2: LOSS. St. Louis continues to climb up from the bottom of the West. The Blues are in 11th, 10 points back of the Kings, with two games in hand. Edmonton is at the bottom of the West.
Phoenix 5, Columbus 2: LOSS. The Coyotes pull within one point of the Kings. Both teams have played 37 games.
That puts the Kings’ “break record,” in my estimation, at 8-6. Today’s games are San Jose at Chicago, Anaheim at Colorado and Nashville at Vancouver. The “Kings’ picks” would be Chicago, Colorado (under the theory that they’ve played one more game than the Kings and aren’t a division rival) and Vancouver.