OK, they've done it. They've gone and made me believe.
Not that anything is inevitable - and they've not made me believe anything farther than hoping for that 2nd-round appearance.... but this team has answered the doubts I had during the "what record is it going to take to make the playoffs" discussions -- they've finally started CONSISTENTLY scoring goals, and put together an actual winning streak.
On Penner's goal, I thought "that shot looked kinda lazy, but that's what made it work!" - it was amusing to me.
5-4 to make the playoffs (probably as the #7), 6-3 to win the Pacific.
If the Kings make it past the 2nd round I will happily eat crow.
I will give Sutter credit though, the Kings are a much better team with him in charge than with TM. Watching Jordan Nolan and Dwight King play it really makes you wonder what the hell TM was thinking coming out of training camp, how could anyone (besides you ofcourse) think Ethan Moreau or Trent Hunter deserved to be on this roster instead of a guy like Nolan or King.
TM was just absolutely clueless as a coach both with personnel and style of play.
Herby I'm not one of your haters or opponents but it would really take a Western Conference finals appearance to change your mind?
I mean, if the Kings played well in the playoffs and lost a great series in the second round wouldn't all signs point to a steady growth and evolution of this team?
I've heard the phrase many times: you have to lose to learn how to win. You don't feel like this team is coming together?
Please don't try and say you still wanted to see King called up this year, because no one did after his performance last year. Except Dean Lombardi.
Like when Alec Martinez was called up the first time? we shouldn't make a verdict based solely on that.
Just because King was over his head for a top line role last season (and even DL admitted this) doesn't mean you can't hope for him to get a shot later on, after gaining more experience, in a role more suited to him.
Hate to be a buzz killington, but IF and WHEN we do finally come back down to earth and lose one , we Better follow back up with a win....and get things back on track, this is exactly the team we need in the playoffs....top 6 is rolling....