LOS ANGELES — Despite a dominating performance in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 24, giving them a strong 2-0 start to their five-game road trip, things just got a bit tougher for the Los Angeles Kings, in terns of their playoff hopes.
While the Kings were handing the Rangers a decisive loss, the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders, 2-1 in a shootout. That was followed by the Vancouver Canucks defeating the Winnipeg Jets, 5-2.
As of this writing, the projected finishes for Western Conference teams still battling for a playoff spot have changed:
- Vancouver and Minnesota are now projected to hit the 101-point mark, and are likely out of reach for the Kings.
- Winnipeg is now projected to earn 98 points.
- Calgary and Los Angeles are now projected to hit the 97-point mark.
As reported on March 22, the Kings were projected to need 97 points to make the playoffs. But now, three days later, they are projected to need 98 points. In other words, they will need to earn a 6-3 record, or the equivalent, in order to earn twelve out of a possible 18 points, a .677 winning percentage). That would put them ahead of the projected finish for Calgary.
In order to earn a wild card spot, the Kings will likely need 99 points to put them ahead of the Jets’ projected finish.
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