NHL: Trades and Playoffs and the L.A. LA Kings, Oh My!

February 9th, 2011 by Mike Miller Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings came into the 2010-2011 season with higher expectations then they’ve had in a long time.  They made the playoffs and took Vancouver to a six-game series that could have gone either way.  When the season began they were flying, scoring goals and keeping goals from being scored.   They were near the top of a number of sporting outlets Power Rankings.

After the fast start the Kings hit a skid that included some injuries to key players (Ponikarovsky and Mitchell) as well as some inconsistent play from other players.  They went from contenders to possible pretenders in many professional’s eyes. 

Along the way they have had winning streaks of up to six games coupled with losing streaks of up five games.  Fans on message boards have both criticized and praised the coaches, players and coaching staff.  There have been calls for system changes, trades, benches, firings etc. 

The Kings seemed to have weathered the storm and are back on track.  In the last six games they have won five and tied the other.  Goals aren’t coming in bunches, but goals are not being sco ...

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