LA Kings: Three reasons team will and won’t make the playoffs

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LA Kings Jonathan Quick
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LA Kings Goaltending

Though the LA Kings weren’t an elite offensive team even when they were winning Stanley Cups, they made up for it with how good they were at keeping pucks out of their own net. That isn’t the case anymore, though.

Quick owns an .896 save percentage over the last two seasons. Cal Petersen has pretty played well in limited NHL action, posting a .923 save percentage in 19 games with the Kings over the last two seasons, but remember that this is the same goalie who has a .904 save percentage and 3.32 GAA in 116 career AHL games.

Frankly, it isn’t hard to envision a scenario where the Kings end up struggling both to score goals and prevent them this season. A lot’s going to need to go right for them to be a good team, but given their competition for the fourth seed in the West Division, maybe they won’t need all of it to go right.