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01-24-2012, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by TonySCV View Post
Still entirely possible. I know everyone loves to live in the moment, but some perspective here is really important.

Last season the Kings **** the bed in January and went 2-10-0. All these same threads and arguments popped up then. They needed to go .700 the rest of the way, .700, and they did it, finishing 22-8-5 and most of those 8-5's were after Kopitar broke his leg. They were at 94 points when that happened (game 76), and finished the season 6 games later with 98 points.

This team gets hot late in the season. (Coincidentally once Kopitar emerges from his annual mid-season slumber) After 50 games:

2011-2012 58 points (finished with ?)
2010-2011 55 points (finished with 98 - 22-8-5)
2009-2010 59 points (finished with 101 - 18-8-6)

Assuming 102 points gets them 4th or 5th spot in the conference, they need to go 20-8-4 to get there.
Considering we are 9-2-6 under Sutter, more than possible. The real question will be how we fair when we play 14 of 18 games on the road just after returning from the All-Star break. If we can go something like 8-5-1 in those road games, we should be fine to get into the playoffs. If we can hold steady with San Jose until the final two games of the season, we should still be in position to grab the Pacific title from San jose during that home-and-home to close out the season.

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