THE ROOT TO THE PLAYOFFS: Mar. 9th – Mar. 12th

The LA Kings have 17 games left in their 2014-15 season and they will not make the playoffs without significant help from the rest of the league. Knowing which team to root for in any given matchup can be complicated so we’ve put together this handy guide for you.

Rooting Guidelines for games not involving the Kings:

RULE 1 – Always root for an Eastern Conference Team over a Western Conference Team.

RULE 2 – Almost always root for a Central Division Team over a Pacific Division Team.

RULE 3 – Always root for the higher ranked team when two Central Division Teams are playing each other.

 

MONDAY, March 2nd

Pittsburgh at San Jose

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a statue of Mario Lemiuex. The San Jose Sharks have the same number of statues as they do Stanley Cup banners.

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Root: PENGUINS

 

Anaheim at Vancouver

Sure the Ducks used to have a statue of their mascot but they had the good sense to get rid of it. The Canucks still have a statue of a former coach waving a towel of surrender.

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Root: DUCKS

Tuesday, March 10th

Dallas at Philadelphia

The Flyers honor their tradition with a statue of Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent hoisting the Stanley Cup. The Dallas Stars have none.

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Root: FLYERS

Winnipeg at St. Louis

Despite never winning the Stanley Cup, the St. Louis Blues have statues of Brett Hull, Al MacInnis and Bernie Federko outside their arena.

It’s too cold in Winnipeg for statues.

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Root: BLUES

New Jersey at Minnesota

The Devils have some kind of horrible nightmarish ode to the FOX NHL Robots for a statue. The Wild have some kind of horrible nightmarish ode to Jack London for a name.

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Root: DEVILS

WEDNESDAY, March 4th

Anaheim at Calgary

‘Tis better to have had an embarrassing statue and gotten rid of it than never to have had a statue at all.

I think….

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Root: DUCKS

THURSDAY, March 5th

Dallas at Carolina

There’s no statues in play here. Let’s just hope by the time this game rolls around Dallas is finally out of serious contention.

Root: HURRICANES

Winnipeg at Florida

Well…   there are statues OF Panthers IN Florida. That counts, right?

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Root: PANTHERS

New Jersey at Colorado

Remember when this was a perennial Stanley Cup Final preview? Hah.

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Root: DEVILS

Nashville at San Jose

The Predators don’t have any statues but Nashville has a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens complete with a 42 foot tall statue of Athena. You wouldn’t root for the Sharks anyway.

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Root: PREDATORS

 

Of all the members of Team TRH Jesse Cohen probably comes closest to actually hating the Kings. Whether obsessing over the 1998 sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, wishing he had witnessed the fight between Dmitri Khristich and Barry Potomski or cursing their attempts to fool the fans by dressing Randy Robitaille for 18 games, Jesse harbors a deep-seeded resentment towards the Kings.You can follow Jesse Cohen on Twitter @KingsMenPodcast.