Four weeks from today, the NHL regular season will be over, and at this point there’s absolutely no way to predict how the Western Conference playoff race will turn out. Right now, Phoenix is in seventh place with 78 points (69 games played), followed by Colorado (76 points, 70 games), San Jose (75 points, 67 games), Calgary (74 points, 68 games) and the Kings (74 points, 68 games). Things are so silly in the West that if the Kings were to beat Chicago tonight, and Calgary was to earn one or zero points tonight against Minnesota, the Kings would move from 11th to eighth. The Kings’ problem is the logjam. If even two of the four teams they’re battling with go on a nice streak, the Kings are going to be in trouble. They’re inconsistent right now and have a tough finish to the season.
The always interesting website sportsclubstats.com currently gives the Kings a 30.2-percent chance of making the playoffs, but that can swing dramatically based on the results of a handful of games. The site also predicts that if the Kings finish with 93 points, they will have an 85.1-percent chance of making the playoffs. With 92 points, the percentage falls to 69.8. A 93-point season for the Kings projects to a 9-4-1 finish. Here is the Kings’ remaining schedule. Can you find nine wins here?
vs. San Jose
vs. St. Louis
vs. San Jose
at San Jose