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LA Kings Want 4th or 5th Place In West, But Don’t Control Their Own Destiny

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, who suffered a dislocated
right shoulder on March 21, might be ready to return to the lineup
for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite clinching a playoff berth on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings had much to play for going into a home-and-home series to end their 2010-11 regular season.

The equation was simple: win both games and clinch fourth place in the Western Conference, which would earn them home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

More important, the Kings would also avoid a first round matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, or Detroit Red Wings, the top three teams in the West. Read more of this post

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