It is a position that they have found themselves in before, and a situation that they have excelled in. They became the first team in the history of the NHL conference playoff format to win the Stanley Cup as the 8th seed in their conference when they won their first Cup in 2012.
It appears that, in all likelihood they are going to have to do it again if they want to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail again this season.
Despite their current 6 game winning streak, the Kings remain entrenched in the third seed in the Pacific Division. They trail their likely first round opponent, the San Jose Sharks, by 9 points. Both teams have 18 games remaining and the Sharks aren’t likely to slide to the point where the Kings can catch them.
So it seems that the Kings are destined to start the playoffs on the road in San Jose, and if everything else shakes down according to form and they can upset the Sharks, it would mean a faceoff with the Ducks in round 2, also not having home ice advantage. It is entirely conceivable, and more than probable, that they will not have home ice advantage in any round they play this postseason.
The Kings don’t have to worry too much about the Coyotes, who would be the only team capable of catching them from behind. The Coyotes are currently 9 points back of LA.
So the first three seeds in the Pacific appear set, and it is now a matter, at least for the Kings, of getting themselves ready for the playoff grind that they have become accustomed to over the past 2 seasons. Wins and losses don’t matter as much as getting people in the proper roles and making sure they are as healthy as possible come April 14th.