The Los Angeles Kings beat the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night and jumped back into a playoff spot – barely. Fortunately for the Kings, they have the path of least resistance when one considers the remaining games of each team in the division that still have a shot at a playoff birth. That path includes two games against the Edmonton Oilers, one game against the Minnesota Wild and a home and home against the San Jose Sharks to finish out the season. Whoever made the schedule is a genius strictly based off of the final two games of the season for the Sharks and Kings. Each team and its fan base would love to bounce the other from the playoffs and that’s what these games could come down to.
Back to the game… Willie Mitchell got his 5th of the season, Dustin Brown got his 20th (for the 5th consecutive season) and Justin Williams got the empty netter for his 19th of the season. 3-0 Kings and another huge 2 points in the bag. Now, let’s keep it rolling against Edmonton and Minnesota and finish off the season by finishing off the Sharks! Oh, and how huge would it be if Simon Gagne came back if and when we make the playoffs? Something to think about…
PS – I didn’t mention the record for shutouts in a season or the brilliant defense because I’m not here to insult your intelligence. If you’re reading this, you already know how well the defense in front of Jonathan Quick played and that Quick broke a long-standing record of a Kings legend last night. If you didn’t know, go visit Hammond’s site and catch up on some fantastic things that you should already have in your knowledge base.
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