March 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe (29) plays for the puck against Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser (24) during the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The soonest the Kings could potentially clinch the Pacific Division is Friday. Here’s how: A Kings regulation/overtime win Thursday vs. San Jose, and a Phoenix loss in regulation Friday at St. Louis. This would give the Kings 95 points and 35 ROWs. Phoenix could then only get a maximum of 95 points and 35 ROWs. The Kings own the third tie-breaker (head-to-head points).
Of course, the Kings could also still miss the playoffs.