So, how about that Kings/Oilers game on Tuesday?
That loss for L.A. significantly hurts their chances of moving on to the NHL Playoffs. With just two games to play, they are currently two points behind the Calgary Flames for the third Pacific Division spot. And Calgary holds the tiebreaker.
The Kings and Flames meet on the ice on Thursday. Let's break down the remaining schedules for the Pacific playoff teams. Every team in the league has two games left.
But first, here's the goal by the Oilers that gave them the win over L.A. Tyler Pitlick had the game-winner early in the third.
Anaheim Ducks (107 points)
The Ducks have a two point edge on the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the conference, and three points on the Nashville Predators. Anaheim has Dallas on Wednesday followed by the Coyotes on Saturday. That should allow them to win the conference.
Vancouver Canucks (97 points)
It's too bad that they can't gain ground on anyone, because the Canucks finish the year with the Coyotes and Oilers. That should allow them to firmly finish second in the division. But they could be muscled out of home-ice in the first round if they don't get any points from those winnable games.
Calgary Flames (95 points)
The Flames and Kings play on Thursday night. That's some must-see TV right there as it is effectively a play-in game. Calgary also has a game against the Jets to close the season on Saturday. But they most be so grateful for that Oilers win on Tuesday to go with their win over the Coyotes.
Los Angeles Kings (93 points)
Following that Flames game Thursday, the Kings finish the season against the disappointing San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The Kings could still get a Wild Card spot as well because the Jets are at 96 points. Winnipeg finishes with Colorado and Calgary.
Let's just say the Kings beat the Flames. How great would it be if, of all teams, the Sharks keep them out of the playoffs?