Kings best playoff team ever?

L.A. on the verge of wrapping up top postseason run of modern era

Originally Published: June 6, 2012
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Jonathan Quick Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesJonathan Quick has been amazing this postseason for the Los Angeles Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings finished third in the Pacific Division, accumulating just 95 points to claim the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. Like most No. 8 seeds, the playoff odds were stacked against them.

Neil GreenbergAmong Stanley Cup champs playing 21 games or fewer en route to a title, the Kings faced -- by far -- the toughest early road.

Since the modern playoff format was implemented in 1994, there have been 36 eighth-seeded teams and only a third of them managed to win more than two games in the postseason. In fact, nearly two-thirds of them were eliminated in the first round. But these Kings are no ordinary No. 8 seed.

In fact, they are one win away from staking their claim as one of the most dominating playoff teams in NHL history.

Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.