A week before season’s end is no time to learn new tricks. The cliché if you haven’t figured it out by now, you’re f***** applies in many circumstances and the end of the regular season & one win away from clinching the playoff spot is one of them. The LA Kings, coming off a humbling butt kicking in San Jose last night 6-1, have to answer a simple question. Do they trust the system? If the answer is no, there is no sense in playing another game. From goaltender through the defense and forwards might as well commit a symbolic seppuku and resurrect next season. If the answer is in the affirmative, then only a lack of work ethic can equate failure.

Dustin Brown isn’t going to suddenly become an incredible stick handler that can pick the corners.

Michael Handzus isn’t going to become 5 years younger. Neither will Ryan Smyth.

Drew Doughty isn’t going to only bring great and leave the occasional mind-boggling poor play at the door.

Jack Johnson isn’t going to suddenly turn into an offensive juggernaut.

Trevor Lewis isn’t going to overnight develop an amazing set of hands.

Kevin Westgarth isn’t going to become anything other than a pugilist and potential liability.

Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier will not only let in the unstoppable shots.

Our team comes with strengths and weaknesses. Each member of this team brings a palpable and intangible value on and off the ice. They are assembled to play a tight checking, physical game that focuses on suffocating opponents in the defensive zone, creating offense through the opposing team’s turnovers and taxing opposing defenses with constant shots on goal and traffic in front of the net. Solid goaltending makes us very difficult to beat when we are hitting on all other 19 cylinders. Each and every single aspect of our system is based on the premise that the players will give 100% effort 100% of the time. While the system comes with faults, some glaring, it is what we have and all we have to rely on because the synergy and the whole becoming more important than its parts (hence minimizing the impact from the loss of top players) is the only controllable factor in a W verses L.

Last night, the boys were outworked in every aspect of the game.

Tomorrow night, the LA Kings better not be because another loss is tempting fate and fate, like a woman, should never be tempted or teased. GO KINGS!