We’re playoff bound baby! For the first time since 2002, the Los Angeles Kings have made the National Hockey League Playoffs. Let’s put that in perspective.
Last time the Kings made the playoffs:
- The Kings top line was the LAPD line, featuring Jason Allison, Ziggy Palffy, and Adam FREAKING Deadmarsh
- Lubomir Visnovsky was trying to avoid a sophomore slump.
- Anze Kopitar was 14 years old. Drew Doughty was 12. Seriously. 12 years old.
- Not a single player from that team remains.
- Frolov was the only current player who was Kings property at the time. But he was still in Russia and wouldn’t debut until the beginning of this drought the following year.
- IT WAS ALMOST A FREAKING DECADE AGO
After all that time, we patient Kings fans. We fans who have turned out to support our beloved (and beleaguered) Kings through thick and thin. We finally have a playoff team. Better still we have a playoff team that can make some noise this year. Better still (again) we have a playoff team stacked with kids.
Kopitar, Doughty, Quick, Johnson, Simmonds, Brown – this is our core. Heck, Brownie is the captain and is only 25 years old. He already has the feel of a grizzled veteran, but the next thing that is needed is some playoff experience. As we all know, anything can happen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, if Quick gets hot. Or the offense takes off. Or any number of other things happen, the Kings could make some real noise. But make no mistake, they’ll be the underdogs in most of the games. In the upcoming days and weeks we’ll take a look at some potential match-ups, but for now Kings fans worldwide can lay back and relax.
We did it.
And to make it a little sweeter. The Ducks didn’t.