The Los Angeles Kings fought hard to try to rally back against the St. Louis Blues, but they simply dug themselves too big of a hole on Monday.
Looking at the standings, you wonder if that might also be the story of their push for a playoff spot:
Wild card races in the West
1. Oilers – 79 points in 68 games
2. Blues – 77 in 68 GP
Kings – 72 points in 68 GP
With every meaningful team outside of the West playoffs losing, the Blues gaining a five-point edge on the Kings is significant enough that St. Louis is likely setting its sights higher.
The Blues are only two points behind Edmonton for a higher wild card spot and two points behind the Predators for the third seed in the Central Division.
David Perron made it 1-0 midway through the game, while Magus Paajarvi scored what would be the game-winner early in the third. Dustin Brown really accelerated the Kings’ charge to tie things up with their only goal, with Alexander Steen‘s empty-netter coming really late.
Ultimately, Jake Allen was the clear standout for the Blues’ 3-1 win. Allen stopped 38 out of 39 shots as the Kings carried much of the play. St. Louis is now on a five-game winning streak and might just have the buffer it needs to lock down a playoff spot.
There were times this season – and really not that long ago – when it seemed like the Calgary Flames wouldn’t make the playoffs. Things look very different as of Monday night.
With a 4-3 shootout victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flames extended their winning streak to a remarkable 10 straight games. This franchise hasn’t been so hot since the Flames’ Atlanta days.
Wins also stand as tiebreakers for the Flames, who also moved to second in the Pacific ahead of the Anaheim Ducks thanks to more wins and regulation/overtime wins: