Can the Kings make another long playoff run?
Some pundits around the league selected the Kings as Stanley Cup finalists, which would be a remarkable feat in an era when repeat champions are non-existent and multiple deep runs in the postseason are extremely rare. The Kings would seem to have the depth, skill and continuity to chase the Chicago Blackhawks as the best team in the Western Conference. It looks like a third straight prolonged run could be in the making for the Kings. They must get balanced scoring. They must get a little lucky in avoiding injuries. They must continue to stick to coach Darryl Sutter’s game plan. They must play their steady style of hockey from start to finish of every game, from now until season’s end. Then, if they do all those things, then they should be at or near the top of the conference when all is said and done.