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03-30-2011, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Orenji View Post
Last year's West was much weaker than this season's.
That's 100% correct, and a testament to the improvement the Kings made from season to season (and the improvement a lot of Western teams made as well).

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Originally Posted by KingsFan7824 View Post
Look at the standings. Even with the Kings recent losing, they're still tied for 8th in points. The Kings are only 3 points out of 4th. They're only 7 points behind Dallas for 1st in the division.

The Kings may miss the playoff this season. However, it's not going to take a miracle for them to make the playoffs. It's not even completely out of the question that they could still win the division.

We seem to be in such a hurry to define the Kings as either an improved team, or a team in regression. The Kings have to be at point A by year 3, and point B by year 4, and point C by year 5. But the Hawks were here by the 10th minute of the 3rd period of game 36 in the 3rd year. The Penguins were here when they did this or that. Every team is built differently. Different players, different development, different circumstances. Take a breath, relax, and let the season play itself out. We'll see where the Kings stand then.
There's a lot of gold in KingsFan7824's post.

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Originally Posted by Mr Irreverent View Post
Question is whether or not they can repeat that kind of performance down the stretch.

Good news is we have better goaltending, a better bottom 6 and a well rested Captain.
Bingo, bango, bongo. The D is improved overall as well. Another year of experience and Willie Mitchell have helped tremendously.

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Originally Posted by Capn Brown View Post
Bump!
Great thread. They had to go 20-7-3 - they went 20-4-5.

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