Exert for 8th." It also helps this young Kings team get back on track after a disappointing road trip in terms of actual points gained, but promising in terms of overall play.
But a victory tonight could also have uber-GM Dean Lombardi pulling the trigger on a trade that will help this team in the short term, but also importantly in the long term. Lombardi has done an amazing job of putting this franchise in the drivers seats this trading deadline. They are both buyer and seller... and Lombardi isn't going to make the mistake of GM's in the past and pick up a rental player. Just ask Cliff Ronning, Mark Parrish, Anson Carter, Nathan Dempsey and Brent Sopel how that turned out.
So tonight is a must win if the Kings want to make the playoffs. No doubt about that. But even if the Kings lose tonight... the plan that Dean Lombardi put into place almost 3 years ago is coming together. This is going to be a team to reckon with the next few years, especially after Lombardi makes a move at the trading deadline or during summer free agency. Just don't trade Frolov, ok?