It was all glory for the Los Angeles Kings once the playoffs started.
They were a flawed team in the regular season, one that had a difficult time scoring enough goals, and they struggled to win games.
However, they did just enough to secure the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
A late-season trade brought them high-scoring winger Jeff Carter. That changed the overall chemistry, attitude and on-ice product. There was no stopping the Kings in the postseason.
They may have barely made the playoffs, but they were clearly the best team once the money was on the table.
You have to get in the top eight in the Eastern or Western Conference. In this piece, we look at each team and predict how many seasons each team is from making the postseason.