Is The Los Angeles Kings Remaining Schedule Playoff Friendly?

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Mar 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA;Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) attempts to score on Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche – April 4th:

The Kings have had Colorado’s number this year, winning both games between the two teams this season.

Both games were in Colorado.

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They weren’t very close either: on February 18th: 4-1, and March 10th: 5-2.

Now the Kings will come home where they play even better.

Colorado is banged up with injuries to young stars like forward Nathan MacKinnon who is out for the season with a fractured foot.

The Avalanche can score, netting 14 goals in their last five games.  They also give up a ton of goals, allowing 17 goals in their last five games.

The Kings have run into some scoring droughts this season.  L.A. has no time for scoring problems now.

With the way Colorado goaltender, Semyon Varlamov, has played over the last two years, we can’t be certain who will show up.  Varlamov could either be tremendous, or porous.

The Kings are the better team.  They have the advantage of being at home.

It’s a game L.A. should, and needs to win.  In some ways it’s a toss-up, but again it boils down to the same thing: if the Kings are a playoff caliber team this is a game they will win.