LOS ANGELES KINGS
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Regular Season Record: 46-27-9, 101 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 1-3
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1993
Last Postseason Appearance: 2002
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Justin Williams, Sean O’Donnell, Fredrik Modin, Rob Scuderi
A reason to cheer for the Kings: One of the best young teams in hockey, the Kings have been a team that appeared on the verge of greatness for years, this is the season that they were finally able to break through and claim the franchise’s first playoff berth in nearly a decade. The Kings presence in the post-season is great news for Canadian hockey fans as they will get to see a lot more of All-World blueliner Drew Doughty in action. Being stationed on the West coast, the sublime sophomore does not get nearly the exposure he deserves. The bad news for Canadian hockey fans is that due to the Kings earning a playoff, ‘Captain Canada’ Ryan Smyth will not make be able to make his all too frequent appearance at the World Hockey Championship.
What They Bring To The Table: After a lengthy absence from the post-season, the Kings must battle the notion that they are simply happy to be there. Fortunately management was able to bring in some playoff hardened veterans to support a talented bunch of youngsters that the team has accumulated as their core. The Kings biggest strength all season has been their goaltending, thanks to a breakout campaign by Jonathan Quick. However if has to be slightly worrisome to management how he appeared tired down the stretch after being featured in 72 games this season, by far the most he has played at any level of hockey. Should Quick continue his late season slide into the playoffs then it could be a very quick exit for the Kings.