With only a few games left and the Los Angeles Kings firmly entrenched in a playoff spot by a considerable margin, making the postseason is almost a given (it's not over til it's over, though...).
However, the defending champs haven't exactly been in prime form in recent games. Some puzzling results, like lackluster losses to Phoenix and Dallas, a near-miss shootout win against Colorado and a dominant performance that somehow resulted in a loss against Anaheim have left some a little apprehensive.
There have been a few key elements of the game that seem to be kinking the team up when it comes to putting together dominant 60-minute performances. Here's a brief look at what needs to be addressed if the team wants to peak in the postseason.