The Los Angeles Kings were a team that was certainly making the Stanley Cup Playoffs just over a month ago. Now, however, those chances seem in jeopardy. Mathematically they still hold the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference. With 66 points, though, they are only three points ahead of the No. 8 seed Vancouver Canucks and only seven points ahead of the No. 12 seed Winnipeg Jets.
Things are extremely close in the Western Conference right now, and the Kings aren’t helping their cause at all. After Monday night’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Kings have lost four games in a row and are 1-8-1 in their last ten games. Chicago has swept the season series with the Kings after the 5-3 win at the Staples Center.
Thankfully for the Kings, the Olympic break is right around the corner. Besides the players who will be representing their respective countries in Sochi, this will be a good time for the Kings to regroup and figure out how to right the ship.
Against the Blackhawks, the Kings were guilty of allowing a quick goal once again. Against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday, the Kings allowed Evgeni Malkin to score 58 seconds into the game. Against Chicago, Patrick Kane put one past Jonathan Quick 1:02 into the game.
The Kings are a good team and have lots of weapons offensively. They also have one of the best goaltenders in the game. However, they cannot continue allowing early goals and trying to play catch up. This is a team in desperate need of some momentum to go their way for once. Hopefully the Olympic break will break the cycle of bad luck for the Kings.