ANALYSIS: Youth and inexperience leading to inconsistent play will lead to the Los Angeles Kings missing out on the post-season party yet again this season. Nevertheless, the Kings are making progress and are on the upswing.
LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Kings hit the ice tonight against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston (4:00 PM PDT), they will find themselves in thirteenth place in the Western Conference, seven points out of the eighth and final playoff berth with thirteen games left in the regular season.
If you think that sounds tough, wait…it gets worse.
The Kings begin a six-game road trip tonight that not only starts against the third-best team in the National Hockey League, but each opponent on the trip is ahead of them in the overall standings, making their task that much more difficult.
That task is to win all six games—they are so far behind in the playoff race making anything less the likely final nail in their coffin.
Of course, the chances of that happening are worse than the short-term outlook for the economy in the United States and around the world.
Yes, it is time to write the epitaph for the Kings, who will miss the playoffs once again in the 2008-09 season. The big reason? Their lack of consistent play, in large part because of their relative youth and inexperience. Read more of this post