But in all seriousness, when I do feel myself getting angry I stop watching. I didn't watch the game last night. I feel like a ****** when I legitmately get mad about something frivolous like professional sports.
the nhl channel highlights [read: not-so-highlights] were all i needed to see last night. i promptly deleted the game from the tivo and went to bed peacefully.
The way Phoenix is playing, the way Chicago is playing... one could argue Chicago would be the better matchup for the Kings. The Kings don't have enough on offense to beat good goaltenders and Bryzgalov is a strong Vezina candidate, darkhorse Hart candidate. But Huet? The Kings haven't been able to solve Niemi but Chicago is playing as bad as the Kings are right now. It's certainly not panic time. The Flames, if they win-out (which they aren't going to do), would have 97 points and the Kings would need 8 points out of 7 games to qualify. Calgary's not winning out with Vancouver, San Jose, Phoenix and Colorado all on their dock.
The Kings can get 8 points out of these 7 games:
Now I certainly don't want the Kings to back into this thing but every time that the Kings faced adversity this season, they've responded with a hot run. So I'm confident they'll get it together. And I'm not concerned about them not being hot at the moment. Last year, St. Louis was the hottest team in the league heading into the playoffs and got swept.
It's time for this team to step up. It's hilarious reading these boards. Like a poster mentioned earlier, this team has responsded with hot streaks all season long.
We have the players capable of leading this team into the playoffs. We have a coaching staff that has for the most part put our players in a position to succeed.
TM is going to vcome back with a new line-up tonight and I firmly believe this will be the game this team turns it around for the playoff push. We have 7 games remaining! We just need to string together 4-5 wins and we will!
Update from the Predators radio announcer Tom Callahan just minutes ago was that the Preds skipped the morning skate after arriving back in Nashville at 12:22 AM last night, but that the Kings did skate and afterward Terry Murray told him that there would be changes, but that he just hadn't yet decided on what they would be yet...
Callahan also reporting that Jones likely in for Harrold and that Joel Ward is doubtful again for the Predators...therefore, unless the Preds recall someone from Milwaukee this afternoon...Wade Belak will be in the lineup for Nashville...which can only be looked upon as an advantage to the Kings...
One things for sure, the losing streak has nothing to do with your GDT's.
It's a big night. If the Kings miraculously pull off a win and Calgary loses tomorrow, the Kings essentially lock up a playoff spot. If the Kings lose and Calgary wins, then going .500 on the final 6 games becomes important. If both teams lose, then it's just one big do-over yet again with no change to the playoff odds.
With Bernier in net, you know he's going to stir up controversy by defeating the preds for the first time. And of course, he'll get the following start against the nux and defeat them as well. At least, that's how I see it playing out.
I'm fine with a little controversy. At this point, you have to start going with what works. Quick hasn't been overly terrible, but he hasn't stolen any games, and his puck handling has gotten the team in trouble at least a few times in the past 10 games or so.
Hurt feelings should be cast aside. There's no crying in hockey.