Here we sit at the beginning of March, 19 games deep for the Los Angeles Kings, with the team currently sitting in 11th place in the conference. However, the team has nearly two to three games in hand and is just two points out of fourth place.
It's been a tumultuous start to the 2013 shortened season, and many are concerned about the level of play and playoff hopes for the franchise. After a slow start, the team has started to come around.
It's an ultra competitive Western Conference, but there are several reasons to believe that the L.A. Kings are still a playoff team, and a competitive one at that.