Kings' odds don't look good even after a 2-0 win over Canucks

Kings' odds don't look good even after a 2-0 win over Canucks

The respirator has been unplugged and the last rites administered. But the Kings’ postseason hopes aren’t dead just yet.

Even with Friday’s 2-0 win over to the Vancouver Canucks, their road to the playoffs remains a painfully narrow one. With the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames both clinching postseason berths Friday, only the Nashville Predators remain within reach of the Kings.

And even they aren’t that close.

The Kings trail Nashville by eight points with five games — worth a maximum of 10 points — to play. If they win all five and Nashville loses its final five, the Kings go to the playoffs. If the teams finish even in points, the Kings move on based on the NHL tiebreaker: more regulation and overtime wins.


Published at Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:35:00 +0000

Some restoration drama at the Big A as Dodgers top Angels, 3-1

Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill put some distance between himself and his spring of discontent Friday night, while Angels right-hander Garrett Richards put the finishing touches on his spring time of renewal.

Hill allowed four hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 exhibition victory at Angel Stadium, striking out two and walking one, a marked contrast from the 8.03 earned-run average he posted in five Cactus League starts, when he walked 14 and struck out 13 in 12 1/3 innings.

Hill said he was not particularly worried about his spring numbers. After all, he posted an 11.25 ERA last spring, then a 2.12 ERA during the season. Still, he was pleased with his performance Friday.

“Everything is going in the right direction,” he said. “Today was a good outing, a good way to finish up spring training.”


Published at Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:45:00 +0000