Si Se Puede - Kings = Playoff Bound

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.

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.

  • Gorger

    Anyone with three functioning brain cells (I happen to have 4) has know the Ducks weren’t going to be in contention for the hardware at least a month ago, so DUH!

    This is the time when the Ducks get to get their freak on these last few games, try some kids who wouldn’t normally get any ice time, let the newbies rack up a few more points and actually have some FUN!

    Something the Kings do not have the luxury of doing.

    Oh, and by the way, do the Kings actually know what the Stanley Cup IS?

  • Gavin Humes

    I’m not saying I was surprised the Ducks didn’t make the playoffs, but I still take pleasure in their failure… As for the opportunity to “try some kids,” I suppose you’re right the Kings don’t have the luxury of doing that but two things:

    1)Our TEAM is filled with kids. So that’s all we’ve been doing all year.
    2)Who wouldn’t trade that great “opportunity” for a shot at the playoffs?

  • Gorger

    I’m pulling for the Kings to go all the way! To see the cup hoisted at Staples would be amazing. Besides, who else am I going to root for, the Sharks? Yeeeecccchhhhh!!!

  • Gorger

    Just ran across this on another site:

    “A 4-1 loss in Chicago on Sunday hurt the playoff chances for the Calgary Flames, but it clinched postseason berths for both the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings.”

    What kind of a sick bastard puts the Kings and Red Wings in the same freaking sentence!?!?!?!?!

  • Gavin Humes

    Thanks for the support, though I’m not I share your support for local teams. Frankly when the Kings aren’t in it I’m just rooting against the Ducks (and the Red Wings)… Go Kings!