Usually, running up the score is considered bad sportsmanship. And just winning the game against Edmonton is going to be tough enough. But listen: there’s a not insignificant chance the whole season could come down to goal-differential. The Kings are one standings point and one ROW (regulation or OT win) ahead of the Sharks right now. They each have three games left, two against each other. And in the season series, the Kings are up by a single point.
Goal-differential is the tie-breaker after ROWs and season-series.
As of right now, the Kings are a plus-15 in goal-differential. The Sharks are plus-13. That’s a slim two goal lead. And I assume it will get slimmer if the Sharks catch the Kings in points (since they will have to win games to do that).
Maybe Edmonton shows up in full spoiler mode. I expect that. But if there’s a chance for the Kings to fill the net, they must be relentless. Because goals against Edmonton will be easier to come by than goals against the Sharks (or against the Stars, which is who the Sharks play next).
And for that reason, playing Edmonton tomorrow could be a gift.