The Kings will make the playoffs. It'll be ugly, but they're gonna be that hot team going in that "nobody wants to play". Terry Murray
gone isn't an instant fix, and with the delay on a "permanent" head coach will only make momentum they gather under Stevens have another hiccup... but it'll be all good in the end.
I really worry about the player leadership on the team. The last two years the only character guys with leadership potential they had were Zus and Simmonds and yeah... But Richards can be that guy. Kopitar can get pissed and be that guy. Mitchell can be that guy. Etc. The only flaw they have is nobody being that guy... YET. But somebody will (but it won't be Brown...) The dark days have past and a chimp behind the bench would still have the benefit of not being Terry Murray
Mark my words gentlemen! By season's end this will be a scary team to any opposition.