Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Kings - Ducks Report

Its an understatement to say this is a big game for the Kings. They trail the Ducks in the standings, and they're both in the midst of the playoff hunt (Ducks currentlt have the last spot). Andy Murray is still pushing the 93 points goal, which is admirable, but I think unrealistic at this point. However, I aslo think that someone will get into the post-season with fewer than 93 points. I can't help but think its going to come down to tie-breakers, which makes these in-division games that much more important. I suppose the next best thing to a Kings-Ducks playoff series as a way to generate interest in the rivalry would be a Kings-Ducks battle for a playoff spot.

Aaron Miller and Brian Smolinski return to the lineup tonight, and the Kings need them to get into game shape in a hurry, as they play 6 games in the next 9 days. This is a crucial stretch, and includes two with the Sharks, whom I probably hate more than the Ducks....for now.

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