After losing against the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon, all Kings fans are starting to realize that the Kings have flat out given up on their playoff hopes. They played an amazing game against Boston on Thursday night, where they made a come back and won it in overtime. Then visited the Pittsburgh Penguins, where newly acquired Justin Williams made his Kings debut, hoping to maybe give his team a spark.
Evidently there wasn't much he can do, and Los Angeles ended up losing the game 4-1. Drew Doughty was the lone scorer for the Kings against the Blackhawks, while Patrick Sharp scored 2 for Chicago and Martin Havlat likewise. After today's game, Los Angeles sits 7 points out of a playoff spot with 10 games left.
The Los Angeles-Chicago game was supposed to be televised nationally on NBC, but I got the word last week that the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game would be televised on NBC instead. I personally find that such a slap in the face, since the Kings are rarely ever televised nationally. Everyone's getting sick of always watching the Eastern Conference teams and always seeing Sidney Crosby play. Don't hockey fans ever want new teams to watch on the “Game Of The Week”? It's always the Rangers, Flyers, Penguins, Boston, Washington etc. Do you ever see San Jose, Chicago or Los Angeles ever play nationally? No. It's very unfortunate that the fans don't get to see how much talent there are on the other side of the grass. All they see is Crosby, Crosby, Crosby, Ovechkin, Crosby, Crosby.. It's unfortunate that the country never gets to see guys like Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.
This may not be the year for the Kings to make the playoffs, but their not far away. Next year will be a make or break year, because if this playoff drought is not broken, you can expect shakeups in the management. I praise Dean Lombardi, but there's only so much he can do. Drew Doughty, Wayne Simmonds and Oscar Moller have been really big surprises this year. As a matter of fact, Simmonds and Moller's emergence this year was one of the reasons O'Sullivan got dealt. You can expect big things from the Kings next year, with the Canadian junior team's captain Thomas Hickey possibly cracking the lineup on defense, or maybe a big signing coming in the off-season. Marian Hossa? Marian Gaborik? Martin Havlat? Those would all be astonishing pick ups, because one aspect the Kings lack is scoring, and adding a proven 30-40 goal scorer would help tremendously. I might be hyping this off-season too much, but it will be a very big one for the Kings. I can see us drafting a guy like Jordan Schroeder, he would be a nice fit.
Go Kings Go
Aziz “AK47″ Khalil
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