(This article was originally published by me as a guest author at the site called “Surly and Scribe”)
It’s There For The Taking…Or Tanking 3/30/2012
This is it. The worst is over. The hunt has properly cornered a wily beast. We have killed the sabre-tooth and have only to drag it home without being mauled by scavengers. Our many wives await our bounty with perfumed, outstretched arms and silky, freshly shaven legs. Piles of exotic fruit and imported delicacies line a table punctuated by untold varieties of drink. A newly painted sign hangs prominently: “No Goddamn Salads.” The only outstanding question is: Do the Kings gorge on this feast, or choke on it?
After brutal games against the best teams, and an excellent number of points gained, the Kings now face the 2nd-worst team and then the 4th-worst team on the road, then the 2nd-worst team again, but at home. Going into a home-and-home against our chief rival Swan Jose, the Kings have their own fate in their hands, and hold destiny by the throat. While we have the chance to romp thru 3 against lessers, the Shards face a home-and-home against Dallas. When we are at home resting up after the second game against Edmonton, San Whoresay will be battling for their lives on the road in Dallas, and then have to fly into Los Angeles to face us. Forget the wounded animal theory: I would rather be the tested and rested wolf.
The edge is ours, advantage Kings. I know this sounds crazy, but I checked this thing twice from many different sites so I know it is for sure true; we have a game in hand on the Sharks.
We also have a game in hand against the Coyotes. We need that, because we are just one point behind them in the standings. Should we tie them in points, as of now the first tie-breaker is also a tie; we have the same number of non-shootout wins. The second tie-breaker goes to us, as we have more points in the head-to-head battle this season, 8 to 7. Of their 4 remaining, Phoenix has three games, like we do, against “easier” opponents; Anaheim, Columbus, Minnesota. It is notable that Anaheim just beat the Sharks, Columbus just beat the Red Wings. Finally, the Coyotes’ fourth and final game is against the St. Louis Blues.
Dallas has a one-point edge in the standings, but in reality it is a two point edge we must equal. Dallas wins the tie-breaker, so we must have more than they. With equal games played, we would need some help, and our rescue litter is borne by the Stars’ remaining opponents: Vancouver, San Jose, San Jose, Nashville and St. Louis. 3 of their last 5 games are against much better teams, and the first San Jose game is the second night of a both-road back-to-back. I do not envy their schedule, and would bet the house they envy ours.
For our valiant Kings, it is time to define reality. It is our opportunity to quell any fears, to bury any misgivings, to fully decapitate the zombie of doubt.
It’s down to this: We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control all that they see and hear. We are about to participate in a great adventure. We are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Playoff Limits.