With the All-Star game (and its joke of a “draft”) behind us, we can refocus on the team that really matters… your Los Angeles Kings. As we’ve mentioned before, this is the stretch run. The Kings are even selling ticket packages called “Stretch Run Packages,” so you know it’s true. With 32 games remaining, the Kings are going to need to do better than they have in the first 50 games of the season. Heading into an all-important 10 game road-trip, the Kings will look to Doughty, Kopitar, Brown and others to lead them into the playoffs. That road leads directly through the ten teams on this road trip:
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Of those ten games, I’d say the Kings need to win about 6 of them to stay on track for a playoff spot, though mroe would certainly be better. The games against the Wild, Oilers, Flames, Blue Jackets, and Islanders are all against teams with the same or fewer points in the standings, so we should expect strong play, and hopefully two points out of those. Even with my conservative expectations, they’ll only need to win one more game against the Penguins, Capitals, Flyers, Rangers or the hated Ducks. If I was picking only one of them to win, I’d pick the Ducks, but winning a couple of those five, and possibly even getting a point out of another is within reach. If the Kings can pull off a solid run like that, we may be sitting in a nice spot come the end of February.
How many of the next ten games do you think the Kings need to win to call the road-trip a success?
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