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03-12-2012, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by HansH View Post
The question wasn't about what the "odds are" - the question was about "magic numbers", which are about mathematical minimae and maximae. The FACT is that the Kings only control the destiny of 26 standings points in the race between them and Phoenix for 8th.

Now, if you look at the race between them and San Jose (currently with a 7th-place max and an 8th-place pace), the three remaining head-to-head games actually give the Kings control of 32 standings points (the 26 of their own, and the six they could force the Sharks to lose) -- and the Kings need 30 standings points to pass San Jose. So, in that specific race, yes, the Kings do still control their own destiny -- but in terms of "magic points", they do need teams like Phoenix to lose games -- and that's the textbook definition of "needing help".
Yeah, I know. When I said "odds are" I'm just speaking normal tongue, not mathematician tongue, lol.

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