Time: 6:00 PM PST
TV: Fox Sports West, SportsNet West
Enemy Reading: Matchsticks & Gasoline
Los Angeles Kings
Scratched: Richards, McBain, Andreoff; Injured: Pearson, Sekera; Suspended: Voynov
Scratched: Wotherspoon, Bouma, Shore, Bennett; Injured: Smid, Byron, Giordano, Diaz, Ramo
Obligatory Standings Update (as of April 9, 2015)
|Pacific Division Standings |
| Card Standings |
(top three seeds in Pacific Division, top two seeds in Wild Card qualify for playoffs)
- So, the possibility of the Los Angeles Kings missing the playoffs has loomed for a few months now. Suddenly, a loss means a long summer. (Gee, thanks, Oilers.)
- Of course, there's a huge gap between eliminated, and on the brink of elimination. No team knows that better than the Kings, who went 7-0 in elimination games in the 2014 playoffs. And though the "sky is falling" mood on Tuesday night was completely understandable, there's only one outcome which takes the Kings' destiny out of their own hands: a Winnipeg win tonight combined with a Calgary win over Winnipeg on Saturday.
(editor's note: yes, losing to Calgary = elimination, but that's very much in their hands.)
- For all the rest, you can check out Andrew's post.
- No lineup changes are expected for the Kings. If that holds, for the first time since the 2011 playoffs, the Kings will play an elimination game without Mike Richards in their lineup.
- Some good news:
a team that can clinch a playoff spot tonight is willingly playing Brandon Bollig, no lie— ari (@thirtyfourseven) April 9, 2015
- Though Jonathan Quick has had an up-and-down season, he's rounded into form as of late, with 74 saves on 78 shots in April to follow up a good March and a great February. Given Calgary's penchant for third-period magic, he might need to stand on his head late.
- LA doesn't necessarily have to win in regulation tonight, but given the way the Kings have struggled beyond regulation this season, it's the safest way to go.
- The future is uncertain for Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, and Robyn Regehr. They've all received their share of criticism lately; Williams isn't scoring goals, Stoll has two points in his last 25 games, and Regehr's ups and downs have been well chronicled here. Tonight would be a damn good chance for them to prove their worth.
- PREDICTION: The Kings survive.