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How Did This Kings Team Finish 8th in the West?

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05-14-2012, 03:55 PM
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Don't forget the Kings were well, 3 points away from the #3 seed. So the #8 finish is really misleading.
I think the #3 seed would be more misleading. Way closer to 8th point wise than 2nd or 3rd.

That's why I can't wait to see the current playoff format go.

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Sutter getting Penner to play up to his potential was like adding another player to the roster at the trade deadline. The additions of Nolan and King, two big bodies who can get physical and know how to play were also big upgrades to the team depth as they replaced two veterans in Trent Hunter and Ethan Moreau who were not cutting it.

The Johnson and a 1st for Carter trade is more like Johnson and a 1st for Carter and Voynov. It opened up a permanent roster spot for Voynov, and he's been a better fit to LA's defensive corps, giving them three defensive combinations where a lefty and righty are paired up, and the Kings have a puck mover and a defensive dman paired on all three defensive units.

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they would have won their division if they had Carter all year(although considering they only finished 2 points behind Phoenix that isn't saying a whole lot)

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they took a lesson from the guys who have all the banners hanging in the staples center. Cruise into post season and turn on the engines and destroy the opposition in the postseason.

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Definately coaching for the first half or so of the season. This may be an unpopular opinion, but IMO the Kings are over-acheiving right now. Don't get me wrong - they are a good team, just not this good.

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05-15-2012, 12:43 AM
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Definately coaching for the first half or so of the season. This may be an unpopular opinion, but IMO the Kings are over-acheiving right now. Don't get me wrong - they are a good team, just not this good.
Not overachieving. They were underachieving. Now they're achieving. The coaching change has made all the difference and getting another forward in there who knows what he's doing. This team is for real.

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Three biggest reasons imo...(likely have been said often)

Murray out, Sutter in-Murray emphasized a a strategy of letting the game come to you and hope someone on the other team makes a mistake and you might get a chance. Not very good for offense. Sutter has the team attack at all times, forcing the turnovers and creating good chances. The Kings have stopped taking 1000 shots a game from the point because they are getting the puck down low. Unlike Murray, Sutter also let chemistry develop, not putting Richards-Kopitar-Brown for a line for a few games than quickly changing it.

Carter trade-Carter is always a player to watch with his offensive capabilities even when not producing the offense expected of him. It also drops players like Nolan, King, and Penner(at the time he was on line 3) to a role more suited to them at the time. And Voynov was able to play with Johnson gone. Slava is a better 2 way D than Johnson which helped even more.

Nolan/King-Before they were called up, we had plugs like Westgarth, Moreau, and Hunter getting time. All were useless for the most part. Now King and Nolan come in who bring an identity with them of working hard and playing physical. Having that bottom 6 identity has been huge.

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