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LA Kings clinch first playoff berth since '02

Apr 4, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

Kings.jpgIt’s official: the Los Angeles Kings will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Chicago Blackhawks – a team they may end up facing in the first round – actually clinched it for them by beating the Calgary Flames 4-1 today. So any fears that the Kings’ media staff jinxed them out of the post-season when they announced their “Back in Black” promotion can be put to rest.

Obviously, a lot has changed within the organization since the 2001-02 season. Only Mathieu Schneider, Ian Laperrierre and Lubomir Visnovsky remain in the NHL with Schneider on the verge of retirement. There isn’t a single player on the Kings from that roster. The general manager and head coach are also different.

This has been a great season for the Kings, highlighted by great play from Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick. Really, the team has a little bit of everything from talented young players to gritty veterans. I wouldn’t say that they’re a strong contender just yet (they’re at least a year away, in my opinion) but they have a deep and promising roster that very well could make some waves in the playoffs.

  1. The Royal Half - Apr 4, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Jason Allison, Brad Chartrand and Bryan Smolinski scored the final playoff goals for the Kings against the Avalanche in 2002.
    The Los Angeles Kings are playoff bound. Still so weird to say that!

    The Royal Half: A Kings Blog

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