Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings Must Climb A Mountain Called “February” To Make Playoffs

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — After a dreadful 3-8-0 performance in January, not to mention a stretch where they lost ten of twelve games going back to December 29, the Los Angeles Kings are now looking up at a mountain in their schedule akin to some of tallest mountains and steepest cliffs in the world.

In fact, do not be surprised if you see Kings equipment managers adding rope, boots, crampons, gaiters, goggles, pitons and other mountain climbing gear to the usual hockey equipment, as the Kings will have to scale Mount February if they expect to make the playoffs this season.

Indeed, after the Kings return from the National Hockey League’s All-Star break on February 1, they will play ten consecutive road games before returning to Staples Center on February 24.


It will take great strength and determination to climb that mountain, as conventional wisdom dictates that the Kings must earn at least twelve points in the standings during that stretch to remain in the hunt.

The one thing the Kings have going for them is that they appear to be back on the upswing, having won their last three games, and they have looked very solid while doing it.

“We’ve been playing good hockey, two games before, and now we got the result we wanted,” right wing and team captain Dustin Brown said following the Kings’ 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on January 22, in Glendale, Arizona. “We’ve got to find a way to keep it rolling because we need wins…”

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