To say the Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a cold spell might be a bit of an understatement. The Kings are 1-5-1 in their last seven games, and they have scored one goal in 236:47 of game time coming into the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In their last 10 games, they are 3-6-1.
The Penguins, on the other hand, are on a roll as they headed to the Staples Center. In their last 10 games, they were 7-2-1 and lead the Eastern Conference in points. It’s no surprise then that the Penguins took a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game when Evgeni Malkin beat Jonathan Quick. The Penguins would score three times in the first period, leading to Quick’s early exit from the game.
It’s hard to pinpoint this as a problem given that they were playing against the Penguins and their high-powered offense, but this is a problem that keeps happening for the Kings. Quick, named to the U.S. Olympic team, may not get much playing time with the way he has played lately.
With the one goal the Kings managed to score against Pittsburgh, it’s now been two goals in 296:47 of game time. This is a problem that Quick cannot help with. While he is responsible for keeping the goals out on the other end of the ice, he has to have some offensive help if they hope to make it into the playoffs.
For now, the Kings have to try and figure out how to stop pucks from getting into the net while putting pucks in the back of the net on the offensive side. If they put it together, the Kings have a team built for winning in the playoffs.