LOS ANGELES — After a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on March 26, the Los Angeles Kings are off to a 3-0 start to their current five-game road trip that continues on March 28 in St. Paul, Minnesota against the red-hot Minnesota Wild.
With the win, the Kings now have 88 points on the season. After crunching the numbers once again, they are now on pace to reach the 98-point mark at season’s end.
As for the rest of the teams still fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference:
- With their 4-1 loss at Colorado, the Vancouver Canucks are now projected to reach the 100-point mark, down from 101 on March 25.
- The Wild, who were projected to hit the 101-point mark on March 25, were idle.
- The Winnipeg Jets won at Montreal, but are still projected to end the season with 98 points.
- The Calgary Flames were idle on March 26, but they lost to the Dallas Stars in a shootout on March 25. They are now projected to hit the 96-point plateau.
As reported in this space on March 25, the Kings were projected to need to earn 98 points to finish in third place in the Pacific Division, guaranteeing them a playoff berth. But with Calgary’s loss, the Kings are now projected to need 97 points to finish in third place.
If things change, and the Kings need to get into the playoffs via a wild card spot, they will need to match Winnipeg’s projected 98 points (Kings hold the tiebreaker).
A 4-3-1 (or equivalent) record in their remaining eight games should get the Kings into third place in the division at the end, while a 5-3-0 record will get them to the 98-point mark.
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