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Current Record: 32-25-12 (76 points, ninth in Western Conference)
The Kings boast a strong defense, as they are third in the NHL with 2.06 goals against per game. Drew Doughty, arguably one of the league's best defensemen, has posted two 40-point seasons and has 11 points in 12 career playoff games.
Goaltending is solid in Los Angeles, with Jonathan Quick manning the pipes and already posting two 30-win seasons in his career. He currently has a record of 28-19-11 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA. He is ninth in the NHL in wins and fourth in save percentage and GAA.
The Kings' roster has several players with Stanley Cup experience, so this team knows what it takes to compete and win. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne were Cup finalists with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. Defenseman Rob Scuderi went to the 2008 finals with the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped them win it all in 2009, while forward Justin Williams won the 2006 title as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Kings' offense is 29th in the NHL with just 2.17 goals scored per game. This is disappointing when their roster has players such as Anze Kopitar, who could have 70 points this season, but will still have a down year after posting 73 points in 2011.
Mike Richards, who came to Los Angeles in a blockbuster trade with the Flyers over the summer, has just 35 points in 61 games. However, he missed games with an injury. Dustin Penner, acquired in a trade at the 2011 trade deadline, has been a disappointment. He had six points in 19 games after coming to the Kings last year and has 14 points in just 52 games this season.
Head coach Darryl Sutter has limited playoff success in recent coaching jobs. His teams have lost in one of the first two rounds in eight of his 12 seasons as a head coach, and his Flames team missed the playoffs altogether in 2003.
Record Against Playoff Teams (Since All-Star Break): 4-4-1
Playoff Odds: Jonathan Quick has what it takes to help the Kings steal a few games, and this squad is certainly not short on playoff experience. They have won three out of their first five games in March, so if they can get on a roll and get their offense to produce, they will have a good shot at the playoffs.