as i read this, i wasn't paying attention to the dates...and was mystified at how everyone was including anaheim and LA as serious contenders...and were laughing at teams like nashville and tampa bay even making the playoffs. glad i got that cleared up
The Kings were brutalised by injuries. If they had a relatively healthy season they might have caused some problems in the playoffs and the Preds (being 8th) would have been watching from the outside again. Injuries, injuries, injuries the LA woes.