Each re­main­ing game is ‘big­gest’ of the sea­son

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Kevin Bax­ter kevin.bax­ter@la­times.com

The math is sim­ple, if daunt­ing, for the Kings with six games re­main­ing in the regular sea­son — win them all and they’re in the play­offs. Lose just once, though, and their des­tiny could be out of their hands.

“Ev­ery game now is the big­gest game of the year,” for­ward Justin Wil­liams said ahead of Thurs­day’s home date with the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers. “And then af­ter that, Satur­day is the big­gest game of the year. The hard­est thing is just to get in. You just want a chance. There’s no se­cret for­mula. Just win.”

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.

Leapfrog­ging 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 Flames.

“Every­body asks about ‘Do you score­board watch?’ Well, of course you [do],” Coach Dar­ryl Sut­ter said. “It doesn’t mat­ter. You can do your own math. We’ve still got to take care of busi­ness at home.”

In­jury re­port

Sut­ter was curt when asked about An­drej Sek­era , who ap­peared to sus­tain a knee in­jury in the sec­ond pe­riod of Mon­day’s loss in Chicago when a Black­hawk fell on the de­fense­man’s leg.

“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. Robyn Regehr was al­ready talk­ing up a new pair­ing with Alec Martinez .

“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 Jar­ret Stoll , who could be cleared to play Thurs­day. Stoll, who has been out since March 12 with what ap­peared to be a con­cus­sion, skated with the team Wed­nes­day for the first time in nearly three weeks.

TONIGHT

VS. ED­MON­TON

When: 7:30. On the air: TV: FS West; Ra­dio: 790. 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.

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