…the Los Angeles Kings will make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in exactly 10 years (2001). That was the year the Kings beat Detroit in the first round but lost to Colorado in 7 games in the second.
After the loss to Dallas in overtime 5 games ago, the Kings were in a position where they needed to go 9-7 just to reach 95 points, which by all measures is a safe number to reach the post season. Now, after an incredible 4 straight wins on the road, they only need to go 5-7 to reach the safe plateau!
I never would have expected the “Magic Loss Number” to hold steady at 7, yet it has. Which leads me to another topic. Now that I believe the Kings have a lock on getting into the playoffs, I’m thinking about the Pacific division title. A friend of mine really has his sights set on it and he’s begging to convince me it’s really possible.
When was the last time the Kings won the Pacific division you ask? Well, that would be never. Since the realignment of the NHL, the best the Kings have done is finish 2nd. Interestingly enough, the last time the Kings won their division (the Smythe) was exactly 20 years ago in 1991.
Notice a theme? Seems the Kings do great things about every 10 years! Yes, painful memories but thankfully it seems those days are behind us for what should be a long, long while.
One thing is for certain. The Kings division title hopes rest squarely on their shoulders. If they at least match their division rivals in the win loss column the rest of the way and beat the Sharks in both upcoming games, they will win the division. It’s a stretch, yes. But it is doable considering the Kings are peaking at just the right time.