Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene have done it once. Can they do it again? In the 2006 playoffs, Stoll, Greene and the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers reached the Stanley Cup Finals after they finished the regular season with 95 points. That’s the position the Kings are in currently.
The thing is, the ’06 Oilers were — it turns out — the high point of a long run of Craig MacTavish Oiler teams, teams which finished with 90+ points in four of five seasons leading up to the ’06 playoffs. After the loss, the wheels fell off, MacTavish got fired, the team finished mostly in the 60s and 70s for several years, leading to a total rebuild which, despite some world-class young talent, has delivered what is still one of the worst teams in the league.
And the only players left from that team (though I could be missing someone) are Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff. Oh, and Ryan Smyth, but he sort of doesn’t count, since he was going for most of that period.
If you were to tell me the Kings were going to lose in the Cup finals this year, and then were to spiral into relentless crappiness for several years, until six years later the only remnants of this year’s Kings team would be Kopitar and Brown, I believe I would never stop throwing up.