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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Kings Gameday: The Kings Would Make the Playoffs in the Eastern Conference

Los Angeles Kings (blech) vs. Dallas Stars (25-17-4, 2nd in Pacific)

1:00 PST, FSN West

This is not me being facetious, although I do make a few jokes. I am 100% convinced this is true.)

The Kings would definitely make the playoffs if they played in the Eastern Conference. They’ve played 3 Eastern Conference teams this season: in those games, they’ve scored 6, 8, and 5 goals. They just match up a lot better with teams like Buffalo than they do against teams like Dallas. All this tough defense, gritty play in the corners that's popular in the West (you know, hockey) is not the Kings’ game. We need to be amongst teams that forget to cover the trailing defenseman, like they do in Eastern Conference. Overall, there’s a few reasons I think the Kings would do much better in the East, and I’ll give them too you in handy bullet form so you can skim (you fuckers are lazy):

Ahh, mediocrity...

- Kopitar. Anze Kopitar is a rare beast in the NHL, with a rare game that can be difficult to defend. Teams in the Pacific (especially Phoenix, oddly enough) have figured out the best way to defend him, but teams in the East who are experiencing him for the first time don’t know what’s going on. “Wait, why is he going behind the net? That doesn’t make se- oh shit, how did he do that!” In the 3 games we’ve played against the East, Kopitar has 7 points. Does that mean that if the Kings played 72 games in the Eastern Conference then Kopitar would score 168 points? Yep, guaranteed.

-Defense. The Kings don’t play any. Right now they’re getting killed in the goals allowed department (hey, they’re only tied for last) because they’re turning the puck over in the neutral zone. This is because of the tight team defense played in the Western Conference. If the Kings played in the East, this wouldn’t happen and everyone would be happy. Well, I guess just me, but I’ll settle for that.

-General Shittiness. Personally, I feel the East is far inferior to the West. (We just don’t notice it as much as in other sports because the two sides barely play each other.) Look at Ottawa last year: they were dominant, cruised through the Eastern playoffs, and then got butt-fucked on national television by the Ducks. The Kings are in last place in the NHL, but look who they have to play 8 times a season: the Ducks (the scariest team in the NHL if Selanne comes back, and maybe even if he doesn't), the Sharks (if only we could play them in the playoffs!), the Stars (honestly, it’s fucking magic, there’s no other reason they’re still this good), and even the Coyotes have been playing excellent hockey of late. How the fuck are the Kings supposed to win when they’re playing those teams? In contrast, look at the second worst team in hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning: they play Carolina (two games above .500!), Atlanta (two games below), Florida (one game below), and Washington (two games below). Put the Kings in that division and I’m pretty sure they can win the fucking thing.

C'mon, they can't even figure out which one is supposed to play goalie!

Let’s see if we can make this happen, Bettman. The Kings have been a solid franchise, we’ve paid our dues, now let’s get some kind of reward: move us to the Eastern Conference and let us make the Stanley Cup finals, where we'd get our asses kicked by a team like Dallas. I’d settle for that.

Prediction: Dallas doesn’t play in the Eastern Conference; ergo, we’re doomed. Kings lose, 4-1. Goal by Handzus.

(Also, not to whine or anything, but because I missed their little winning streak and the last game because it was on the radio, I haven't seen the Kings win a full month. Awesome.)


Earl Sleek said...

Going into today, the west has played the east 82 times, and has a 50-26-6 record. 249 GF, 200 GA. Only the Sharks have yet to beat an eastern team, and that probably changes tonight.

To be fair, 52 of those 82 games have been hosted in the west (32-15-5), but that still means that in 30 road games, western teams are 18-11-1.

Pittsburgh may be the lone exception, having won seven of eight against the western squads. That represents more than 20% of east-vs-west wins.

RudyKelly said...

I'm exhausted, and it's only halfway through the 1st. Also, thanks for making my point for me, Earl. I guess I could have used actual statistics to prove my point, but I don't roll that way. I'm like Stephen Colbert, I think with my gut.

Bryan said...

Last year, it was the same, the 8 West playoff teams dominated the 8 east playoff teams. The 3 hottest teams in the NHL are Phoenix (instant playoff contenders after picking up Ilya), Anaheim and Detroit. Calgary was one before they lost a couple. All in the West of course. I'm not sure if the Kings make the playoffs, but they definitely are contenders. I mean the whole Southeast division sucks, what else is new. And then the Kings can gun it out with the no D league in Pitt and Philly. Then they can go to the Ottawa and in a sea of crap division. Holy crap, I think you're right. They would probabl make the playofs.

BTW, good job on acknowledging how awesome the Ducks are once Selanne returns.

KMS2 said...

After the Kings scored their second goal, Jim Fox said, "Of the last 17 shots Turco has faced at Staples Center, he's allowed...8 goals."