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Kings could tie franchise record, Sutter goes for 500th win

Mar 13, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Head coach Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-0. Getty Images

Going into the Olympic break, the Los Angeles Kings had just a four-point cushion in the fight for a playoff spot and had won just two of their last 11 contests.

It looks like a trip to Sochi was the perfect cure though. Dustin Brown has turned his season around since he was benched while playing for the United States and Jonathan Quick has a 1.00 GAA and .956 save percentage following his service as America’s goaltender.

The two of them have helped lead the Kings to an eight-game winning streak, with seven of those victories coming after the Winter Games. At this point the Kings’ playoff spot is all-but secured, but they have a chance to make some history when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Los Angeles is within striking distance of its franchise record nine-game winning streak. They could also hand coach Darryl Sutter his 500th victory on his first attempt.

Sutter is set to become the 18th coach to ever reach that milestone, although he chose to downplay the potential accomplishment.

“I think in today’s game the most important part is percentages,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider. “You get extra points now. You get one point, so it’s way more important.”

For what it’s worth, Sutter’s points percentage (points divided by the maximum possible) is at .563, which is good for 35th place on the all-time list among bench bosses that coached at least 200 games. He’s also tied for 11th place with 72 playoff wins.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    “Their pre-Olympic slump seems like a distant memory.”

    I think all teams go through slumps. Someone on The NHL Network called Anaheim’s recent record ‘a valley.’ Teams play in peaks and valleys.

    If last year’s season hadn’t been shortened by the player lockout, I’m sure Chicago would have eventually played in the valley for a while, though the valley that occurred in the playoff series against Detroit was a very shallow valley and very quickly overcome.

    Pittsburgh peaked too early in last year’s playoffs, and hit a valley; whereas, Boston peaked at the exact right time.

    Finally, I hope that Sutter (Yoda) gets his 500th win. I can’t wait to hear what he’d say in reaction to that (and if a translation will be necessary).

    Go, Sutter!! Go, Kings!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. zetaone - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    In before a nonsensical post by Blomfeld that include some video from the 60s.

  3. aldog83 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Hope Gaborik can breakout for a couple goals tonight.

    Im sure Bernier will tend goal for Leafs.

    GKG!

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      I’d like to see Gaborik get one goal.

      Bernier was interviewed (shown on NHL Network) about playing against the Kings (yes, he’s tending goal tonight). Funny interview. Some reporter questioned if he understood Sutter’s mumbling. Bernier laughed and said, “He’s a good coach.”

      Quick was also questioned about Bernier. Had only good things to say about him.

      GKG!

  4. Professor Fate - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    I wouldn’t mind actually getting to read something about those Kings victories on this site since Sochi. That’s okay, the official Kings’ website and Bleacher Report have it covered. GKG!

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      I think it’s a direct PHT effort in order to avoid postings by you-know-who (mentioned above by aldog83) and his annoying videos. No story … no videos.

      • machosasquatcho - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Lolol. You can’t even keep the names of all your alternate accounts straight. Way to go, blobfeld. Also, bonus points for having every single alt post in this thread. Seems kinda time-consuming. Get a job, you dildo!

  5. joey4id - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Every coach plans the season for the playoffs, and want to have their teams playing at their peak when the playoffs start. Otherwise you risk getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Once there it’s the responsibility of coaches and players to remain at their peak. There is no such thing as peaking too early in the playoffs. You make sure you’re already there come playoff time, and stay there until you’re either eliminated or win it all. No whining about the other team, referees, injuries, video or anything. Just play like hell with a maniacal focus.

    • blomfeld - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Yes …there is ‘no such thing’ as peaking too early !

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ps ‘real’ King’s fans : who could ever forget the disappointment from ’75 when we lost 2-1 to the Leafs in that abbreviated playoff series ? … despite Rogie’s incredible heroics, all we could muster that night at the Forum was one lone goal by Bob Berry … so I don’t know about you guys, but I say it’s time for some serious ‘payback’ tonight !

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