On the road again…

The Kings will play 12 of their next 16 games on the road, beginning with Saturday’s game at Montreal. This is a huge trip as the Kings try to build on their recent success. Like the Lakers and Clippers, the Kings don’t play much at Staples Center because of award shows, the World Figure Skating Championships, the Pac-10 Basketball Tournament and other things. Of these 12 road games, how many do you think the Kings need to win for it to be a successful trip?

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  • Scott

    I’d say we need at least 14-16 points to get back into the playoff hunt in those 12 road games.

  • anthony

    So, what do you think guys.
    Are we gonna see some playoff hockey in April?
    I have to admit, the team is playing very steady lately.

    I, for one, will not be able to handle anymore lottery episodes during the draft.
    Enough is Enough.
    Gives a some playoffs already. I don’t care what happens next.

  • Daniel

    Kings need to win 6 of the 12 games and come away with at least a point in 8 of them. Every game has to be their best effort from now on. There is no room for inconsistent play.

  • Jonny

    The Kings Need to get points in at least 8 games on this trip. But I have a feeling something far better then that will happen…

  • variable

    thanks again rich for answering all our ?’s during yr faux vacation…

    crucial isn’t a big enough word….i think the kings will have to play close to or perhaps over .600 winning percentage to qualify for the playoffs from this point on…
    the next games w/montreal, ottawa, washington, jersey and the wangers are vital…and then coming home to play the red-hot flames and the oilers will also be key…i think the kings will have to come up with at least 9 points in the next 7 games in order to still be in the mix…of course, that would translate in a record resembling 4-2-1…but i think they are capable of beating each one of these teams if they continue to trust each other, score goals and get quality goaltending like the did last night….

  • Datacloud

    I think one would have to define “successful”

    Successful from a “make the playoffs” perspective = 18 out of 24 points. That’s 9 of 12.

    Successful from a realistic perspective, if one were to not expect this team to make the playoffs this year = 14 out of 24 points. That’s 7 out of 12, or a better winning percentage than we’ve had playing mostly at home.

    I’ll be happy with the latter.

  • JA

    They need to win at least 8 of those games for it to be considered a successfull road trip(s) and be in the race for a PO spot.
    Obviously, they will go for a W in every single game, but realistically I think they will go a tad over .500, which may not be enough.

  • JA

    They need to win at least 8 of those games for it to be considered a successfull road trip(s) and be in the race for a PO spot.
    Obviously, they will go for a W in every single game, but realistically I think they will go a tad over .500, which may not be enough.

  • crownme

    12 out of 12 =P…

    Ill set my expectations low…

    I hope they play consistently and get at least half of the points..

  • Matt

    i say we need 16 points out of the 24, i look forward to being in attendance cheering them on in Ottawa

  • BakoCACameraGuyCondorsNKings

    Funny, because 2 weeks ago I predicted the Kings would win only 5 more road games… then, they go and win two of three.

    Now, I agree with Datacloud: 9-3 is the successful jumpstart to the playoffs, 7-5 is ‘realistically’ successful, the cynic in me predicts 3-6-3…

    That’s a huge range, which validates this question: Are the Kings a team that played BELOW its potential while losing all those one-goal games early in the season? Or, are the Kings a team that played well above their heads to get to 20-20-7, and would be lucky to win 10-12 more games? It seems to depend whether I vote with my heart or my head.

    Either way, GO KINGS!

  • Bob Bobson

    Given this team is so young and its road record (the past few games notwithstanding) I think just one game over .500 would be considered successful. This team is not going to make the playoffs. I hope I am wrong but that is the realistic situation.

    Sorry Anthony but the whole “I don’t care what happens next” attitude leads to the Kings tradition of mediocrity.

  • Paul from Oxnard

    I think the Kings need at least 18 out of 24 points to stay in the hunt. The Western Conference isn’t waiting around for them.

  • Quisp

    Purely by the numbers, the Kings need 4 points out of every 3 games played to make it to 93 points for the season. That’s the pace. It might end up being 92 this year. But the pace is the pace. 4 points out of every 3 games.

    That means going 2-1 every three games. .667 W%, not quite as precipitous as Datacloud’s .750, but still a challenge.

    So, for this segment of games… that’s 8-4 on the road, or something like 10-5-1 for the 16 games, which I believe takes us right up to the trade deadline day.

    Scott, re “back in the playoff hunt”:

    I know what you’re saying. But I just want to counter that the Kings are already in the thick of the hunt. It’s true that if you just eyeball the standings sorted by points, we’re 12th. I would just add a couple of points:

    (1) 12th is 4 points from 8th.
    (2) The Kings have played the fewest games in the league. They have games in hand on everybody. They have played FOUR games fewer than Anaheim. Two than Vancouver. Three than Phoenix. Phoenix and Anaheim are at 5th and 6th right now, but the Kings have as good a record as Phoenix and Vancouver in terms of losses and SOL/OTLs, and a better record than Anaheim.
    (3) The pack is very, very tight right now. There are still eleven teams very much in it.

    Back to Jill’s question though. For the road trip: 8-4 is the record we need, to be on pace for the playoffs. 7-5 would be acceptable but is off pace, and it’s going to get harder and harder to make up those wins later. 6-6 would of course usually be considered great for a road trip, but the stakes are higher now. Playing at .500 on the road at this point in the season is like doing it in the playoffs. It’s not quite good enough.

  • typicaljs

    Succesful from a make the playoffs standpoint would be winning at least 9 of 12. Anything less and successful will be playing ourselves into a better draft spot. 500 or 600 hockey is nowhere near good enough, we need to keep up with and make ground on other teams in the division. I just personally don’t see how we would make it, though it would make for an interesting playoffs if every team from the pacific division made the playoffs.

  • JonG

    I still think the playoffs are a long shot, so my definition of a successful trip is one where we get more points than you might expect for a very young team.

    Many of these road games are against elite teams, and I don’t see us picking up more than four or five points against Montreal, Washington, New Jersey, Anaheim, San Jose, Philly and Detroit. If we get five points out of this group and we win four out of the other five, that gives us 13 points during this span of games.

    Anything over 13 points would be a success in my book.

  • Irish Pat

    Jill, great question! I agree with Paul from Oxnard that 18 of 24 points should keep them in the hunt, but I hate to be a Mr. Poopy-Pants about this team, but I just don’t see it happening. That isn’t a knock on the players, the coaches or management I just don’t think this team is quite there yet. I do think that how the team responds, how they battle, how they stick for each other and stuff like that will be the interesting things to look for as the season moves forward.

  • KingFan4ever

    Now we’ll get to see what this team is made of. It’s make or break time for these kids and will really determine whether they can take what they have accomplished this season and take up to the next level.

  • Sydor25

    16 points would be a successful road trip. 12 points would be the minimum to still have a shot at the playoffs.

  • William

    From a Hedman perspective, less than 4 points would be successful.

  • Chris in Torrance

    You guys are making it sound like we have to be world beaters…We have to make up 4 points, that’s 2 wins. Minny and Edmonton have 51 points in 47 games, that’s a .540 winning percentage. That percentage works out to 13 points out of our 24, so to gain ground on that, we need at least 14 points.

  • evan

    i would like to see the kings win 9 of the 12. in order to cover ground, and snatch that last playoff spot the boys are going to have to play like they have the last 3 games.

  • Anonymous

    They need between 93 95 points overall to make the playoffs. So, that said in the 35 remaining games they need to get the points any way they can. But, realistically I think they need 7 of the 10 possible points on this trip to keep their hopes and beliefs that they can make it. Thats assuming all the teams above us maintain their pace. If they can accomplish this then lets look at the remaining games and what other teams have done after this road trip

  • markisonfire

    The Kings have to have a record of at least 7-3-2 to be in a good position to make the playoffs. That is 16 points out of a possible 24. Can they do it? I hope so. The Kings need to finish 3rd in the Pacific division to get in, I think.

  • laikaloco

    If they win the seven games I’m going to, it’ll be a WONDERFUL road trip. I’m gonna call 8-3-1, with 3-1 in the four home games in the middle. That will keep us in contention for a playoff spot.

  • Quisp

    Well, I would just like to point out that Jill’s framework takes us right up to the trade deadline. If the Kings play .667 hockey from here to there, or even slightly worse than that, say, .600, are therefore still in the thick of it and THEN there’s a big trade and suddenly we’re the same team, playing very very well but NOW with (picking a name) Heatley…

    Let’s just say that’s a very different outlook than most fans had a couple of weeks ago.

    The Kings don’t have to worry about anybody else. They just have to win two for every one they lose. From now on.

  • anthony

    Quisp,

    To make the playoffs, what’s your prediction as to how many wins, losses, and OTL (in the remaining 35 games)
    Can we get in with less than 93 points?

  • Jimmy Crack Corn

    I’m of the same view point as what seems to be the consensus, I’d consider 8 of 12 a success. Realistically for there to be any light at the end of this season’s tunnel, the Kings need to win almost all remaining games against division AND conference rivals. 5th (Phoenix) and 12th (LA) are separated by 6 pts! with 6 teams in between. The playoffs start NOW!

  • Chris in Torrance

    You guys make it sound like we have to be world beaters…We have to make up 4 points, that’s 2 wins. Minny and Edmonton have 51 points in 47 games, that’s a .540 winning percentage. That percentage comes out to 13 of our 24 points, so to gain ground on that we need at least 14 for it to be successful.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com RoadKill

    The eternal optimist in me says that it took the Kings approximately 1/2 the season for them to gel, get chemistry, find their scoring touch and learn TM’s “defense-first” system. Comfort and confidence is that fragile factor the swung from “zero” to “hitting on all cylinder” within 2 weeks. Realistically, I could see them at .500 on the road, but if they keep seeing positive results…heck, Kopi could start scoring goals. PS: Does JJ mean THAT much to the team–3-0-1 since his return, and he’s not even up to speed yet.

  • BakoCACameraGuyCondorsNKings

    Quisp:

    “Let’s just say that’s a very different outlook than most fans had a couple of weeks ago.

    The Kings don’t have to worry about anybody else. They just have to win two for every one they lose. From now on.”

    RIGHT.

    Only the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins have consistently played at that level this year. If from here to the end of the season the Kings do that, they will have 42-43 wins and be contenders for the Stanley Cup THIS YEAR. We can only DREAM…

    On the other hand, win at that level of efficiency until the trade deadline, or win four of five out of the next games with montreal, ottawa, washington, jersey and the wangers (I like that, variable!), and the team has put a lot of PRESSURE on DL to do something to win THIS YEAR. We can only DREAM…

  • Anonymous

    unfortunatly i think the playoffs may be out of the question, with teams starting to regain form like Dallas, i just don’t know that we’ll make it. I like how the team has been playing though

  • boo habjan

    My gues:
    Canadiens OT Win
    Sens L
    Caps W
    Devils L
    Islanders W
    Flames OT L /gues who,remember Cammy/
    Oilers w
    Trashers W
    Ducks w
    Sharks PS L
    Coyotes W
    Wild OT W
    Flyers PS L
    Wings OT L
    Hawks W
    BJackets L
    Stars PS L
    That is 23 pts and it should be good foudation for a playoff run.
    P.S.
    I am watching Flayers@Tampa and we can beat this guys so you can add one point and make it 24 in the next 16
    games.Yes I know it is optimistic,but we must think positive!
    Sory for my English,stil learning.

  • Quisp

    re “Only the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins have consistently played at that level this year”:

    Technically, Boston, New Jersey, Washington, San Jose, Detroit, Calgary and Chicago have all played at that level to this point in the season.

    “If from here to the end of the season the Kings do that, they will have 42-43 wins and be contenders for the Stanley Cup THIS YEAR.”

    No, 42 wins just gets you close to the playoffs. The Kings had 42 wins three years ago. And all that did was get Andy Murray canned.

    If you ask people on this board whether they think the Kings can make the playoffs, most people would probably say probably not, a nice dream, but not this year. Is this being realistic? Gun shy after years of hopes being crushed? Could be. I get it. My prediction before the season started, which still seems pretty rational to me, was 85 points, just shy of playoff contention.

    If you ask people, do you think the Kings can go 3-2-1 over the next five games, or any chunk of five games, suddenly people are saying, “well, sure, yeah, we could do that.”

    Now what about 3-1-2?

    The difference between 3-2-1 and 3-1-2 from here on out, is the playoffs.

    It’s tight.

    Sorry, folks. You’re in the playoff race.

  • Brian S

    Is it just me or are the Kings playing better since JJ is back?

  • RJB

    Could it be Since JJ is back 7 of 8 points Or Since Goat has sat down…Hmmmmmmm?

  • Moondoggie

    Great question and I think we’re all practically in agreement…..

    I see an 8-4 record keeping the Kings in the playoff hunt. A couple of OTL’s won’t hurt but LA has got to get 16 points at least. Anything less and it’s going to be a tough haul, not insurmountable but tough.

    The funny thing, I too believe it’s possible. LA has played well of late on the road. Tough games in Washington & New Jersey. Montreal & Ottawa have struggled of late and LA should win at the Isle. Another interesting road trip that will test the Kings character but I believe they’re up to the task. Getting Oscar back is huge and the Kings are just now finding themselves with JMFJ back in the line-up. Sure do wish the Canadian games were being televised locally…..

  • Marty

    Brian its just you.They been playing better because the Goats been out and they are limiting their 4th line icetime.

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