2010-11 L.A. Kings Season Preview: Hockeywood’s Look Back and Goaltenders

October 8th, 2010 by Life In Hockeywood Leave a reply »
Last season, I wrote that the Kings were on the cusp of announcing their presence with authority after four seasons of stockpiling young talent. I also wrote that despite all that talent, they were going to miss out on the playoffs.

O.K., one out of two isn't bad.

The Kings took a huge step forward in their development as a Stanley Cup-contending franchise, earning 101 points in 2009-10, breaking the century mark for the first time since 1990-91. (Coincidentally, that was also the last time they won 46 games, tying a franchise record.) And they did it through consistency.

For the first time in six seasons, the Kings made the playoffs. They squared off against the Vancouver Canucks for a spirited series, before losing in six games.

After stealing Game 2 in Vancouver, the Kings came back  to Staples and took it to the Canucks to take Game 3. After leading 3-2 heading into the third period, the experience of the Canucks proved to be the difference, securing Game 4 with four goals in the third. That loss sent the Kings reeling, and they lost the next two and were eliminated from the playoffs.

But that loss gave the Kings the ...

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