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Will they make it? That game against the Flames Thursday very well could decide it all. The Kings have to take care of the other two games on their schedule, too. The Sharks probably would love to end their season if they can in Saturday's finale. This is going to be a crazy finish for L.A.
Time is running out, but the Kings have the benefit of having done this sort of thing before. The loss to Chicago was a big concern because the champs simply did not look too good. Their end-of-season schedule, however, is favorable to string some wins together.
The Pacific playoff race very well could come down to the past few games and you'd have to think the Kings are going to have something to say about it. With 10 games left, if there's any magic left over from last season's run, it's time to use it.
Like usual, the Kings are making things interesting. They're currently in wild-card position, but that's been a tough spot to hang onto. Having won five of their last seven, they're heading in the right direction at the right time.
The Kings played a wildly entertaining game against the Penguins, only to lose 1-0 in overtime. The scoring situation remains a bit of a concern. Finding consistency in the goals department would be helpful as they sit just outside of the playoffs.
Nabbing Andrej Sekera a week before the deadline hit was another instance of Dean Lombardi getting aggressive. This blue line will be better off with Sekera in it, which was a problem spot prior to the trade.
The Kings are alive and well, of course. Seven consecutive wins have vaulted the champs back into playoff position. Just as they always seem to, they've found an extra gear and more than anything, Jonathan Quick has played a heck of a lot better.
The Kings might have flipped the switch. With five straight wins, they're knocking on the door for the West's final playoff spot. Heck, they could still finish in the top three in the Pacific as they're only three points out of second place now.
The Kings had another tough road trip, but ended it on a high note with wins at Tampa Bay and Columbus. They have a robust three-game homestand coming up, which could prove to be a crucial point in the Kings' season to date.
The Kings' struggles on the road might be one of the most disturbing trends in the NHL this season. The club is 5-10-6 away from Staples Center. Remember when this team won three Game 7s on the road last postseason?
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The Kings shook off back-to-back opening losses, but haven't been great. There have been some flashes of what made them a champion, so you know they'll bounce back.
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