The Kings woke up Friday morning in 12th place in the Western Conference standings. There were five points and four teams separating them from the final wild-card berth. Yes, there is a long way to go before the end of the regular season. No, the Kings aren’t done yet. But the numbers didn’t look good on the morning of Feb. 6. The Kings’ 21-18-12 overall record is but one set of bad numbers they’re facing. The figure 31 is another. That’s the number of their remaining games.
Fifty-four is still another bad number. That’s the number of points the Kings have recorded in 51 games so far. Last season, the Dallas Stars, the West’s final wild-card team, had 91 points as the eighth and final team to qualify for the playoffs. The Minnesota Wild, the first of the two wild-card teams, had 98 points.
So, let’s split the difference and say the Kings need 94 points to qualify for the playoffs. They would need to gain 40 points in their final 31 games to squeeze into the playoffs. That translates to 20 wins and only 11 losses. The Kings haven’t had that kind of a winning percentage since starting the season 6-1-1 back in October. In fact, since then they are a lackluster 15-17-11. They also have lost three in a row to start a five-game trip and seven of nine overall.