If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
1.The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
2.The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout (NEW for 2010-11).
This game isn't a must win, but it's a must show up for. This will be a great telling point for the team and how much they want to be in the playoffs. If they bring their A game and bust their rear ends for 60 minutes (or more), you'll know they want it. If they can't do at least that much against a team they are fighting with to get into the playoffs, and a very close rival on top of that, then we have issues.
That said, I figure LA will bring it hard tonight.
The Kings really need to take advantage of the help they've been getting from other teams. Teams have been sliding down the standings while the Kings weren't playing. Certainly the biggest game against the Ducks that I can remember. Assuming Hiller isn't playing, this should be a game where "the shot mentality" should be a pretty effective system.
TSN reporting Emery recalled from the AHL, but not expected to start vs Kings... I bet he'll be playing. No reason to recall him otherwise.
NotHelen already tweeted that Emery will back up. They're giving McBackup one more game to "prove his season" or something to that effect. I think Emery may get into the game if the Kings light the lamp early, but he won't be starting. He played last night in the A, traveled and has only played 2-3 games down there.