The math is simple, if daunting, for the
"Every game now is the biggest game of the year," forward
The Kings lost the last two games on their recent five-city trip, leaving them two points out of a wild-card playoff berth, and three points behind third-place Calgary in the Pacific Division.
Leap-frogging both second-place Vancouver and third-place Calgary in the division race, while still possible, is unlikely. But if the Kings pull that off, they would start the playoffs at home, where they are 22-9-7.
Doing that will require some help, though, since the Kings have just one game left with the Canucks and
"Everybody asks about 'Do you scoreboard watch?' Well, of course you [do]," Coach
Sutter was curt when asked about
"He's out. He hasn't skated for a couple of days," Sutter said.
Sekera is likely to be sidelined longer than that and the team appears to be bracing for bad news.
"Andrej and I were just starting to feel really good together, and it's really just horrible timing for something like that to happen," Regehr said. "But it does and it's happened quite a bit this year with our defensemen and messing up the pairs."
The outlook is better for center
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Etc.: The Kings have picked up five points in three games against Edmonton, which played Wednesday at the Ducks. ... The Kings have surrendered power-play goals in their last three games but scored just once with a man advantage on their trip.