The Kings’ 4-3 shootout loss Saturday to the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center in their regular-season finale means the Ducks can clinch their fourth consecutive Pacific Division championship with a victory of any kind Sunday over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. All they need are two points.
The Kings finished the regular season 48-28-6, 102 points.
The Ducks are 45-25-11, 101 points with one game to go.
The division winner will play the Nashville Predators in the first round. The second-place team in the Pacific will play the San Jose Sharks. The Kings and Ducks have each secured home-ice advantage for the first round.
Here’s what Darryl Sutter said after the Kings clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins: “To do it with several games left in the season, there are not many teams that do that, so I am thankful for that.”
The Kings clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins at Staples Center. They advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in seven seasons, missing only in 2014-15 during that stretch.
The Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit after the second period to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime 3-2 on Saturday at Staples Center, ending the defending Stanley Cup champions’ run of 42 consecutive wins when leading after 40 minutes. The Blackhawks’ last loss when leading after two periods? Game 7 of the Western Conference final in 2014, when the Kings rallied in the third to force overtime and then won on Alec Martinez’s overtime goal.