Kings – Ducks: Made to Order

Call it a check mark game.

* When their just completed 10-game road stretch began it looked like the Kings would need about 15 points to legitimately climb back into the Western Conference playoff race. With a 3-2 win in Anaheim last night they hit the mark square on, 15 points. check

* Teams expect big performances from their best players at this time of the year. The game was tied 2-2 after two periods on goals by Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar for the Kings, Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry for the Ducks. Superstars rising to the occasion. check

* A few days ago, defenseman Willie Mitchell spoke at length about his disappointment with the team’s lack of focus vs. the Islanders. His final comment was “It will be up to our leaders and our coaching staff especially to make sure the group is ready” for the game vs. Anaheim. And who stepped forward with the game winning goal? Willie Mitchell. Leader. check

Now, the Kings will play 14 of their remaining 22 games at home.  Yet, as Mitchell would probably warn, that won’t make things any easier.

They’ll play Minnesota tonight, with both teams tied at 70 points.

Then, ten of the games left will also be played against Pacific Division opponents.

So, the Kings control their own destiny. It’s up to them.


The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Kings Players on Their Favorite Memories in Anaheim – with Kopitar, Doughty, Simmonds, etc.

Kings vs. Ducks: The First Time it Mattered This Much

Ranking The Ponda and The Other NHL Buildings

Recent Articles

FREE REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio – Talking Kings Hot Start, Next Steps

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio from earlier today, where he joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk about the Los Angeles Kings hot start to the 2017-18 season – including notes on Dustin Brown, Alex Iafallo, Jeff Carter, Oscar Fantenberg, coach John Stevens, and more.
The segment can be […]

FREE REPLAY: Thoughts on Vegas Home Opener; Plus Brown, Kopitar, and the Kids

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of my interview on Sportsnet Radio from earlier today, where I shred thoughts on the Vegas Golden Knights home opener, as well as reviewed the Kings-Flames game.
The segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor iTunes page located […]

FREE REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio – Season Opener

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio from earlier today, where he joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk about the Golden Knights home opener – live from Las Vegas.
The segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it's time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot? As we finish off this multi-part series, we'll begin with a thank you … [Read More...]

More Prospect News