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Kings Fail to Secure Playoff Spot Against Rival Anaheim Ducks

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The Los Angeles Kings missed a golden opportunity to earn a spot in the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs, losing a 3-1 decision to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

The Kings need two points or a loss to the St. Louis Blues to secure a playoff spot, and they have four games to do so.


Kings Give Disappointing Effort vs Anaheim

While Los Angeles played the game without much effort, this does not mean the season is over. The race for the wild card spots is extremely close, as the Vegas Golden Knights are within reach and behind the Kings by only one point for one of the wild card spots. Los Angeles has four games left, while Vegas has five, and that extra game could be the difference in determining who is in and who is out.

The Kings did not grab the two important points last night, but they have a chance to rebound and get those two points against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. While Calgary is not within reach of a playoff spot, they can play spoiler as the Kings hope for a different outcome. There is not much time between last night’s loss and tomorrow night’s game to get down about the loss of two points. Head Coach Jim Hiller needs to get this team back on track and focused on the task at hand, and that is one more win.

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Los Angeles may rely on the play of rookie Akil Thomas, who has been amazing since his recall from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. He has two goals in four games and has been effective in all three zones, using his speed to break up opponents’ scoring opportunities and create offensive chances. The Kings could use the goal-scoring touch of forward Adrian Kempe, who has seen his goal total drop from a season ago.

The Kings’ remaining schedule is not scary, yet not a cakewalk. After the game against Calgary on Thursday night, they play Anaheim again on Saturday night, the Minnesota Wild on Monday, and the Chicago Blackhawks next Thursday to close out the regular season. The last four games are all at home at the Crypto.com arena, which could favor the Kings as they look to make a statement heading into the playoffs.


While some of the teams in the remaining schedule may be out of the playoff race, they can certainly play spoiler.

The Kings have pressure on them to close out the season on a high note and be playing well heading into the playoffs.


The brackets for the second season have yet to be set and released, but the Kings will not have an easy first-round opponent, regardless of who it is.
The Western Conference has many good teams looking for a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Photo: Zach Dooley/LA Kings Insider

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