Well… not so much crush, but they did continue their domination of the shootout format of deciding hockey games, and added two points to their ever growing tally. The win was a big one, and allowed them to climb… well, still not into the playoffs, but very close. In fact, the Western Conference is so frighteningly close, that two points. Yes, one win. Is the difference between #9 and outside the playoffs, and #3 and home-ice advantage in the playoffs. What is going on here?
This is without question the closest I’ve seen the playoff race in recent history, and it’s likely to get even more intense. While the spread may increase somewhat, the Western Conference will, for the most part, start playing more games against Conference rivals, which should lead to more teams dropping points. Those wins will shake up the standings in a hurry, but they make for some very engaging hockey to watch. If the Kings are able to keep their hot streak going, and avoid a terrible slump following this streak (as has been the case with the past few winning streaks), they could climb into a solid spot in short order.
With all the questions running around, it’s good to know at least one thing: the next couple months of hockey won’t be boring… Go Kings!