The wild race for the Pacific Division title has teams jumping and dropping multiple spots in the Western Conference standings each night.
The San Jose Sharks fell from third place to eighth after their most recent loss, but they can reclaim their spot atop the Pacific with a victory Thursday night over the host Phoenix Coyotes, who hope to get back into playoff position.
San Jose (39-28-10) fell one point behind Dallas for the division lead after losing 3-1 at Anaheim on Wednesday, with the Stars beating Edmonton by the same score earlier in the night.
The Sharks and seventh-place Los Angeles each have 88 points, but the Kings own the tiebreaker. Phoenix (37-27-13) is lurking one point back in ninth.
Those four Pacific teams are competing for what likely will end up being three playoff spots. Captain Joe Thornton said San Jose must have a short memory as it pursues a fifth straight division crown.
"You've just got to win now. That's the only perspective we can think about righ...