The Kings’ playoff race now has a little bit more clarity. A little. The bottom line, for the moment, is that the Kings can’t clinch anything tonight, regardless of what happens in the two relevant games, those being San Jose at Dallas and Columbus at Phoenix. Here’s how the standings look at the moment:
3. Kings — 93 points in 80 games (34 regulation/overtime wins)
7. Phoenix — 91 points in 79 games (33 ROW)
8. San Jose — 90 points in 79 games (32 ROW)
9. Dallas — 89 points in 79 games (35 ROW)
Regardless of what happens tonight, the Kings can clinch a playoff spot if they get two points on Thursday against San Jose. If Columbus should beat Phoenix in regulation tonight, and San Jose should beat Dallas — in regulation, overtime or shootout — the Kings would be able to clinch the Pacific Division with a regulation win over San Jose on Thursday.
Remember that the first tiebreaker is total regulation/overtime wins. The second tiebreaker is total points in head-to-head games. In terms of the second tiebreaker, the Kings currently hold the advantage over Phoenix, San Jose and Dallas.