The Pacific Division is jam-packed right now. Phoenix, Dallas, San Jose, and Los Angeles are all within a point of each other. Depending on the last 4-5 games, each team has a chance to win the division or miss the playoffs. So, understandably it’s nervous times for Kings fans.
The Kings have 5 games left this season and their fate is completely in their own hands. The Kings face Edmonton twice, Minnesota, and San Jose. Both Minnesota and Edmonton are out of the hunt and are seriously banged up. Of course the Kings should never discount any team and I’m sure Edmonton and Minnesota would love to play spoiler.
It will be crucial for the Kings to get fast starts in their remaining games in order to secure Ws. The Kings record when trailing after a period or 2 is horrendous. Scoring early helps and 60 minute efforts are a must.
You might have noticed by now that nothing I’m saying is profound or even interesting really. It sounds like what players say in pre/post/mid-game interviews. Honestly, that’s what it boils down to: the Kings have to play their best, most complete hockey of the season right now. Their best player have to be their best players right now.
The final two games of the season, both against San Jose, will be nerve wracking. Going into those games with all 6 available points from Edmonton and Minnesota will take the edge off a little. Like I said before, however, the Kings can’t be looking past the Oilers or Wild.
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney