The Kings are on the cusp of earning a spot in the playoffs, but now they have to face Central Division teams during their next five games. Not only are they the toughest division in the league, but now the Kings have to rely on other Pacific teams’ performances in order to move up in the rankings.
If you take a look here, you can analyze each team’s chance at the race for the cup. The Kings are currently in 9th place, but notice they’re only one point behind the Sharks and three behind the Coyotes. Although the Kings are facing tough opponents in their next few games, the Sharks don’t have an easy lineup as well. They’ll face the Oilers who defeated them in their two previous match ups and will have a meeting with the Coyotes, which will add great dynamics to the Pacific standings.
So how good of a shot do the Kings have at landing a spot in the playoffs?
In my opinion, they have a very good chance. The Sharks lost their last three games to Edmonton, St. Louis, and Buffalo, and now they’re preparing to face the Stars and Coyotes next — and no matter what, the game against Phoenix will benefit the Kings. The Coyotes haven’t been looking so hot either, losing their last four games has given them an 0-4 record for the month of March. Before they face the Sharks, they’ll look to defeat the Wild who stomped them 4-1 earlier in the season.
But in terms of the Kings alone, they’ll have a tough five games ahead, but I truly believe they’ll see success in the upcoming week. Facing the Red Wings will be no easy task, especially having to do so twice within four days of each other. However, the Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, and Ducks could be another story. The Kings seem to have figured out Chicago this season, shutting them out in their past two meetings this season. Hopefully Columbus will provide an easy win being the second worst team in the league — and who doesn’t love a freeway faceoff? Both the Kings and Ducks are at one a piece this season, leading to what will undoubtably be a highly competitive match up between the two.
But the key to looking at a playoff spot rests in the hands of the offense. After all, the Kings are 20-0-2 this season when they score at least three goals.