Homestand Should Allow Los Angeles Kings To Make Up Ground

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The Los Angeles Kings have been playing much better hockey over the last month. The Kings will begin their second five-game homestand in less than a month on Saturday and after going 4-1 during the last homestand, the Kings have a chance to make a serious move in the Western Conference.

The last two homestands come after the Kings played many of their early games on the road to start the season and since the team appears to have hit their stride now, Los Angeles looking very scary for the other teams around the NHL.

Players like Anze Kopitar that have sparked this turnaround of fortunes for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Kopitar has seven points in eight games during the month of March after, having 14 points during February.

The Kings are in second place right now in the Pacific Division, which has four teams within three points of each other trying to catch the Anaheim Ducks. This group of home games should allow the Kings to make up some ground in the division as Los Angeles tries to find a way to get into a position to have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Kings are tied for fifth place right now in the Western Conference and are just two points out of fourth place. I would not be shocked if by the time these five games are over that the Kings are firmly into that fourth playoff position. The champs are back, and back in a very big way.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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