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The Los Angeles Kings Will Not Repeat As Stanley Cup Champions

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

The Kings' last failed title defense ended achingly close to their final goal, falling short in Chicago in a double-overtime rush of blood and sweat.

This quest did not end in the playoffs but in a regular-season defeat in Western Canada, with the coup de grace coming against the Calgary Flames. The Kings became the first reigning Stanley Cup champion to fail to reach the playoffs in the following season since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007.

In fact, 2009 was the last time the Kings failed to reach the playoffs. They lost in the first round the next two years and then won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, losing to the Blackhawks in the Western Conference final in 2013.

“It obviously stinks right now,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said. “It's definitely tough to swallow. When we came together in September, this is not the way we envisioned it

“It's hard. It's hard to put stuff in words right now.”

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

During the Kings' remarkable run of two Cup titles in three years — two more than their fans ever expected to see — and a run to the West final in between, they played 64 playoff games and sent a sizable delegation to the Sochi Olympics.

"A ton of hockey really," said defenseman Drew Doughty, who's averaging a Herculean 29 minutes and one second's ice time, two seconds off the league lead.

Doughty said the workload isn't a valid excuse for their downfall but it is a reality. So was their lack of scoring: they rank 20th with 216 goals and none of the teams behind them currently holds a playoff spot. No player had a career year; Jeff Carter was their most consistent forward but Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams endured long slumps. Tyler Toffoli hasn't scored an even-strength goal in 24 games.

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Are The LA Kings Done After Tonight’s Game In Calgary?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Will the real Los Angeles Kings please stand up? Are they the team running on fumes we saw Tuesday night in Edmonton, or are they the side with a championship heart that has one last flurry of swings in them?

The beauty of this time of year is that the answers will become crystal clear. The Kings are in Calgary tonight and must register a regulation victory to tie the Flames on points at 95, and then hope they can finish a point ahead of Calgary after the Flames head to Winnipeg and the defending champs host the San Jose Sharks.

Tonight's contest in Calgary will be revealing in many ways, with the champ on the ropes and the upstart Flames having a chance to book their ticket to the postseason, easily the most surprising development of the year if it comes true for Bob Hartley's men. And don't forget, they've been doing it without team MVP Mark Giordano since Feb. 26, going 11-5-3 without their capatin. Unreal.

Does the clock strike midnight tonight? We shall see.

read on for notes on the Bruins, Capitals, Jamie Benn/Sidney Crosby and the Canadiens from the ESPN hockey crew...

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The LA Kings Face A Game 7 Against The Calgary Flames

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

There is no remaining wiggle room for the reigning Stanley Cup titans. No more mulligans. No more Get Out of Jail Free cards.

There is nothing beyond this game. No White House visits. No parades. No champagne.

Just 60 minutes against a foe that is neither in fear nor awe.

One loss, either here or against the San Jose Sharks come Saturday, or two Flames’ points over Calgary’s final pair of games, and the Kings go from hockey aristocrats to afterthoughts.

They are, in reverse, a storyline every bit as compelling as the Flames.

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The LA Kings Playoff Run May Be Over

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

The reigning Stanley Cup champion hasn't missed the playoffs since the Carolina Hurricanes missed in 2006-07, and it's happened just four times overall since 1967-68. However, a 4-2 loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers means the Los Angeles Kings are in danger of adding themselves to that list.

They now sit three points outside the final wild card spot with games remaining against the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks. It's widely believed that the Kings will be tough to eliminate if they get in, but watching them sputter down the stretch you can't help but believe this group has run out of gas after three straight long playoff runs. If this is it for the Kings, it was an incredible run.

more hockey topics from the ESPN hockey writers...

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The Los Angeles Kings’ Playoff Chances Dip After Losing To The Edmonton Oilers

from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

Of all the unlikely NHL playoff scenarios, it’s difficult to top this one. The Kings, winners of the Stanley Cup in two of the past three seasons, might have had their season ended by the lowly Edmonton Oilers.

The Kings aren’t done. They still have a plausible path to the playoffs, but it developed a massive, shocking pothole Tuesday night when the Oilers beat the Kings 4-2 at Rexall Place.

With two games remaining in their season, the Kings are two points behind Calgary for third place in the Pacific Division and three points behind Winnipeg for the second and final Western Conference wild-card spot. The Kings play at Calgary on Thursday, in a game that could eliminate them from the postseason race.

''We definitely have to get our urgency up and our emotional level up, after a tough loss,’’ defenseman Jake Muzzin said on Prime Ticket. ''Stay calm and collected as a group. We know what it takes. We’ve got a bunch of experienced guys, and we need to up our urgency for the next game.’’

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Darryl Sutter Post-Practice Today

Darryl Sutter after practice today, the play in Edmonton tonight...

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

On whether heavy minutes by several players last night places an emphasis on rolling four lines tonight:

No, we’re looking to win, not playing favorites, I’m not looking at last night. Other than Kopi, who did? Nobody. Other than Kopi, nobody played over their [minutes], and he had to because he was a lefthander who could win every faceoff, and he was dominant, so he went off for every backhand faceoff in his zone. And, obviously with overtime, if you figure that in, that’s 65, so there’s guys who get a couple more minutes. There was nobody that was over there. In fact, some guys were under it. Some guys were half speed and couldn’t play last night. They were just along for the ride.

more from Sutter...

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Video- Barry Melrose On The Western Conference Playoff Race

Barry Melrose says Kings and Jets, in, Flames out.

Watch below...

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Canucks Move Closer To The Playoffs

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

The reigning champs sure aren't making it easy on themselves. More specifically, the Sedins are making things tough. In full Game 7 mode, the Canucks came up big in the shootout with a 2-1 win over the Kings.

Career assist No. 700 for Henrik Sedin might have been the highlight of the night, when he went behind the net then sent a blind backhand in the direction of Daniel Sedin for a one-timer. It was pure Sedin and couldn't have come at a better time, tying the game up in the third period.

With the win, the Canucks moved one step closer to locking up a playoff spot and served up a reminder that the hockey world is better off with the Sedins in the postseason.

more from the ESPN crew including Lebrun on the Wild, Strang on the Jets and Burnside on the last week of the season...

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The Los Angeles Kings Lose An Important Point

from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

If the Kings miss the playoffs, it might be because of the shootout. The post-regulation skills competition has haunted them all season, and it bit them again in a 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver at Rogers Arena.

The Kings surrendered a third-period lead, as Daniel Sedin scored with 10:06 left in regulation, then the Kings put forth a tepid effort in the shootout. Canucks goalie Eddie Lack stopped three Kings wrist shots, and Chris Higgins beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the third round to give Vancouver the extra point.

The Kings fell out of a playoff spot with three games remaining, and that’s largely because of extra-curricular activity. The Kings now have a 2-8 shootout record, plus a 1-7 record in games that end in the overtime period.

“We haven’t been helping Quickie out too much,’’ center Trevor Lewis said on Prime Ticket. “It’s over now. We have to move on. We only have three games left so we have to focus on the next game.’’

The Kings are technically tied with Calgary for third place in the Pacific Division but are losing the tiebreaker, and they are one point behind Winnipeg for the second and final wild-card spot. The Kings, Flames and Jets all have three games remaining.

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The Los Angeles Kings Still Fighting For A Playoff Spot

from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

The Kings’ final road trip of the season includes games against Vancouver (on Monday) and Calgary (Thursday). The Kings are three points behind the Canucks for second place in the Pacific Division and one point behind the Canucks, and hold one game in hand over both teams.

It stands to reason that if the Kings win both games, and beat non-playoff teams Edmonton and San Jose, they could finish second in the division and have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Then again, if the Kings struggle on the road this week, they could miss the playoffs entirely.

''It’s in our hands, and that’s how we want it,’’ center Anze Kopitar. ''We don’t necessarily love the position we’re in right now, but everything is still in our hands, and that’s the way we want it.’’

The Kings currently stand on the shakiest of ground. They hold the second and final Western Conference wild-card spot via tiebreaker, because both the Kings and Jets have 92 points with four games remaining.

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