Can Kings channel ’06 Oilers?

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 Oilers benefited, that year, from four first-round upsets, as all the higher-seeded teams dropped. After their massive upset of first-seeded Detroit in the first round (six games), the Oilers knocked off fifth-seeded San Jose (six games) and sixth-seeded Anaheim (five games) before they lost, in the Cup Finals, to Carolina (and Justin Williams) in seven games. Of course, every eighth-seeded team since 2006 has been trying to replicate what the Oilers did, but Stoll said he sees some similarities…

STOLL: “We’re pretty similar in a lot of ways. There are a lot of young guys here, and a lot of us have been here for at least three or four years now, and played together a lot. Obviously, clinching a playoff spot late in the season, in the last couple days, and battling for the last couple months to get in that position, to be in that spot. It’s just peaking at the right time, having a hot goaltender and (getting) timely goals and good special teams.’’

Rules for Blog Commenting

  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other comments, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.