I have to admit, it's still very strange to still be talking about the Los Angeles Kings after the regular season and Draft Lottery. But here we are, 8 years after the Kings lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs. It's been a long, strange trip for me and Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy... mainly because we signed up for our Half Season Seats 8 years ago and are just going to see Kings playoff hockey for the first time. Dean Lombardi was brought in to change the culture of this team from a place that aging hockey players finish out their careers while living on the beach... to an young, powerful team that is built to last. Helene Elliott has an epic article in todays LA Times Sports Section (you know the Kings are in the playoffs when they make the front page of the Sports section!) about how Dean Lombardi has shaped this playoff team... but how there is still far to go. As Kings fans, we are used to losing. It's the poison in our system. We are used to bad trades, burned out prospects and laughable goaltending. But for one bright, beautiful sunny California spring day... there is hope. There is excitement. There is playoff hockey in Los Angeles.
Now, I'm not a predictions kinda guy. I tend to leave that stuff up to the experts. But I do think that on paper... these teams are pretty evenly matched. But the real battle here isn't Vancouver vs Los Angeles... it isn't USA vs Canada... it isn't Smythe Division foe vs Smythe Division foe... no... this is a battle of 2 teams... that have had a heck of a lot of jerseys during their time in the league.
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Check out what the heck I'm talking about.... after the jump!!!