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Kings' playoff hopes, East's dismal playoff 'race'

Updated: February 9, 2010, 3:38 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

1. Will the Kings hold on?

Here's a sense of just how rare playoff successes have been for the Los Angeles Kings.

They enter the week in fourth place in the Western Conference. If they were able to hold onto that fourth seed (San Jose is running away with the Pacific Division lead) and the home-ice advantage that comes with it, it would mark the first time the Kings had home-ice advantage in a playoff series since 1992.

Now, there's a lot of hockey to be played ...

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