Olympic Break Coming at Good Time for Los Angeles Kings

By Greg Higgins
Jonathan Quick
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The Los Angeles Kings are probably counting down the days until the Olympic Break happens for the NHL.

Some teams are not looking forward to the break because they don’t want to stop the continuity of the season and how well their team might be playing at the time. The Kings, however, must be anxiously awaiting its arrival. The Kings have been awful over the past 10 games. Including the 3-0 shutout at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes, the Kings are just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. During those 10 games, the Kings only allowed over two goals four times.

During the same stretch, L.A. only scored 15 goals and was shutout twice. Two of the wins for L.A. came via a 1-0 score as well. The Kings are still in the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, but they are only four points ahead of the No. 8 seed Minnesota Wild.

Obviously there is still plenty of time for the Kings to right this ship and get the offense back on track. Also, anytime you have a goalie the caliber of Jonathan Quick you know you can turn things around pretty fast.

It’s because of this slump, though, that the Kings can use the Olympic break as a way to regroup and refocus. This might be the break needed to launch a team like the Kings into the postseason. As they proved two years ago, it doesn’t matter where you land as long as you land there as the then No. 8 seeded Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup. L.A. will be hoping for something similar this year.

Greg Higgins is an NHL contributor for rantpsports. Follow him on Twitter.

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