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Los Angeles Kings: Columbus Blue Jackets Visit In Matchup Of Low-Scoring Teams

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team that was supposed to struggle this season and they are. The Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, were not supposed to struggle at all.

But they are.

Both teams are tied for dead last in the Western Conference standings. Yes, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions are tied with one of the NHL‘s familiar bottom feeders. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Anyway, both teams have just four wins on the season and both teams can relate in another way. Neither hockey club is having a great deal of success putting the puck in the back of the net. The Kings currently rank 24th in the league with just 2.27 goals per contest, while Columbus comes in at number 26 (2.23 goals per). We knew Columbus wasn’t going to have much offensive success, especially after sending away the scoring machine that is, Rick Nash.

So, what’s wrong with the Kings? I mean, they have a boatload of talent (duhh, they just won the cup), but just can’t seem to get it going. First of all, captain Dustin Brown has struggled quite a bit this season, posting just six points through 11 games. He hasn’t been making enough of an impact out on the ice, sporting a horrid plus/minus of -5. Guys like Jeff Carter and Mike Richards have been fair at best and don’t even get me started on Dustin Penner.

Apparently he has been frustrating head coach Darryl Sutter, as Penner has only played in four games this season. Rumblings out of Los Angeles even signify Penner being a possible trade piece if he doesn’t get back on Sutter’s good side.

Whatever the problem is, this team better figure it out, and fast. Goaltender Jonathan Quick can’t keep this team in games every single night. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner needs some help.