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Playoff bubble watch — Los Angeles Kings edition

Mar 27, 2012, 6:26 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 Phoenix, though the Kings have a game in hand

Games remaining: 6

SportsClubStats.com says: 62.2% chance of making the playoffs

Why they’ll get in:

They’ve been one of the league’s better teams the past month. Before losing consecutive games to Stanley Cup finalists Boston (Saturday) and Vancouver (Monday), the Kings had won six straight – a streak that included victories over Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, San Jose and Nashville. Moving forward, they get four games against non-playoff teams – at Calgary, at Edmonton, at Minnesota, home to Edmonton – before closing the season with a home-and-home against the Sharks.

Why they won’t:

An inability to score. The Kings have just four goals in their last three games, and while they got lots of shots only to be thwarted by some very good goalies (Brian Elliott, Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo), offense has been an issue all year, so they don’t get the benefit of the doubt.

Quotable:

“They’ve got to score. It’s not just about generating opportunities. They’ve got to score. That’s what it’s about.” – coach Darryl Sutter on the struggling power play (1-for-20 in the Kings’ past six games)

Key game coming up:

Apr. 5 vs. San Jose

  1. kitshky - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    I think I missed the YouTube Elvis video making fun of Luongo this morning … anybody know where it went?

    • elvispocomo - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      I wasn’t making fun of anyone this morning, let alone Luongo. Clearly you’re mistaken.

      • kitshky - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM

        Well naturally …you’re the King, you’ve got more important things to worry about! I of course was talking about our ol’ friend blomfeld who’s conspicuously quiet today.

  2. paledevil - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    what no blomfeld?

    • creasemasta41 - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      that puss will only post a video if they win. if he was a true fan he’d be posting whether theyre in 3rd or 9th. I guess true colors come out. At least hes gone, Hopefully for good too

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