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Playoff bubble watch — Los Angeles Kings edition

Mar 9, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

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With the NHL playoff race getting down to the wire, we’ll be providing regular updates on each bubble team’s postseason push.

On the bubble: Los Angeles Kings

Where they stand: 9th in the West, one point back of 8th-place San Jose

Games remaining: 15

SportsClubStats.com says: 42.7% chance of making the playoffs

Why they’ll get in:

There’s too much talent not to. Before adding Jeff Carter from Columbus, they already had Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards, and Vezina candidate Jonathan Quick. The Kings have also improved in the goal-scoring department – since adding Carter, they’ve played six games and scored at least four times in four of them. In fact, they’re not even ranked last in offense anymore. Which is…something.

Why they won’t:

A really tough schedule. Over the next 10 games, the Kings will play eight teams currently in a playoff position –  Detroit twice, St. Louis, Boston, Vancouver, Nashville, San Jose, and Chicago. And even the games against weaker sides won’t be easy, given all but one (Apr. 2 vs. Edmonton) are on the road.

Quotable:

“For us to make the playoffs, it’s pretty simple. Your best players have to be your best players. It’s not that hard to figure out. It’s not about singling anybody out, or anything like that. That’s a fact.” – Kings head coach Darryl Sutter

Key game coming up:

Tonight in Detroit, where the Red Wings are 27-4-2.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    IS SUPPORTING THE LA KINGS BAD FOR YOUR HEART ?

    That is the question which needs to be asked, as opposed to whether or not the Kings make the playoffs ? (ie: comrade Brough already answers that one for us, with his factual statement that … there’s too much talent not to). At any rate, I have to level with you guys … I’ve actually been wondering recently if supporting this team is really worth all of the inevitable upset ? … or emotional “turmoil” if you will ? Time and time again, this “talent laden” team looks set to go on an absolute tear, only to then fall flat and thus break the hearts of the “millions” of us Kings fans. Of course I realize that during trying times, our credo has always been to “close rank” and “press on” with even greater zeal, etc. But there does come a point when one starts to wonder what it’s really all about ? … and is it worth the cost ? I fear friends, that personally I may now be approaching that point ? ….

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