A win tonight will put the Kings in the top eight in the West and the Red Wings out of it. While the standings are largely nebulous at this point in the season, the Kings playoff spot has mostly been deferred this young season.

What happens to a team deferred?

Does it give up
Like a contractor in Detroit?

Or pester like TooToo–
Just praying for a fight?

Does it stink like Bertuzzi?
Or bend over a take it–
like a Michigan floozy?

Maybe it’s like Franzen
Resembling a toad.

Or does it explode?