After a sizzling start to the season, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in if the season ended this weekend.
Fortunately, the Kings have 21 games remaining to climb into the top eight and qualify for the postseason. They’ll try to make up ground Saturday night against the visiting Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center.
Los Angeles (33-23-5) is one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card from the Western Conference, and two points behind the Anaheim Ducks for third place in the Pacific Division.
The Kings started a franchise-best 9-1-1, but couldn’t maintain that pace after losing last season’s leading point scorer to injury.
Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in a 5-0 victory in Edmonton on Jan. 2, and Darcy Kuemper was the winning goalie with 25 saves in a 5-2 win in Los Angeles on Feb. 7.
Edmonton (25-31-4) has seen its playoffs hopes fade as losses such as those have mounted. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl continue to be the bright spots for the Oilers, however.
McDavid has 27 goals and 44 assists, leaving him well within reach of last season’s career-high 30-goal total.
Draisaitl has 18 goals and 36 assists, notching one of each in a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
Draisaitl has played well against the Kings in his career, totaling two goals and eight assists in 13 games, but his minus-7 rating equals the lowest against any team in the NHL.
A 4-12 season followed, and Reid was ousted after 14 seasons as head coach. Philadelphia needed a change, and it certainly got one with a swing-for-the-fences hiring of former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly, who was later given general manager duties as well, made his share of changes — trading LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles and signing DeMarco Murray to a big contract — but ultimately lacked the kind of control he had held over players who weren’t yet of drinking age in the NCAA. Despite starting his career with back-to-back 10-win seasons, he didn’t see his way to the end of a third.
What does this mean for Revis? It could mean the end of the road for one of the best cornerbacks of his era. Over an eight-year span in the last decade, Revis made the Pro Bowl seven times, but he has struggled to find work recently and things won’t get any easier.
Revis likely will keep his eye out for another opportunity, though.