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04-23-2013, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by HansH View Post
After games of 4/22/13:

Kings can finish no lower than 6th, no higher than 4th -- the three Division champions are all locked at this point.

If the Kings go 1-1-1, they're projected to hold on to 4th -- San Jose projects to 59 points.

And here's something -- even if the Kings lose tonight and tomorrow, they will STILL be able to guarantee a better seed than the Sharks if they beat them in regulation time on Saturday. Their overall magic number for 4th is four points, but that's two ways -- St. Louis is still in the picture for that race, so the Kings need four points relative to San Jose _and_ four points relative to St. Louis.

So, I guess the simplest path is just win tonight and tomorrow -- that clinches 4th no matter what.

On a side note, the 1993 Cup Finals run is what made me into a hockey fan (specifically the OT of Game Six of the Campbell Conference Finals against Toronto)... so I have NEVER experienced the Kings having home ice.
With St Louis we only need 3 points to beat them for 4th place.
And the simplest path would be to win tonight and have Dallas beat SJ and Col to beat STL. Then the last 2 games become a moot point.
But I think that is really kind of hoping for too much.

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