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Kings know what it takes to make NHL playoffs — but is that enough?

Kings know what it takes to make NHL playoffs — but is that enough?

We know how the Kings got here, to this precipice, to the point their chances to repeat as Stanley Cup champions essentially rest on winning Thursday at Calgary. And even that might not be enough, but that's all they can control after painful losses at Vancouver and Edmonton symbolized the way much of their season has gone. The question is, where do they go from here: home for the summer, as the first defending champion to miss the playoffs since Carolina won in 2006 and didn't qualify in 2007, or to the postseason on the breath of the near-miracle that's now required? This isn't new territory for a team that has thrived on suspense. They sneaked in as the No. 8...

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