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Rank the Players: Kings Clinch Playoff Spot... for Three Other Teams

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San Jose, Anaheim, and Edmonton are in. LA is not.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

It's the beginning of the end. Or maybe the middle of the end. Anyway, the season’s about to come to an early end. Did you think the squad deserved this particular loss?

The Los Angeles Kings have lost five of seven, since starting the month with three wins in four games to bolster flagging playoff hopes. Tonight mirrored the ending of two years ago, with the Edmonton Oilers — young, fast, starving for a playoff berth — playing the role of the 2014-15 Calgary Flames. But the Flames were punching way above their weight. Despite the pinball style Edmonton used to score tonight, they deserve to be where they are. And maybe the Kings do too.