Times are certainly looking dark for the fans in Los Angeles. The Kings are still sputtering on offense. It is beginning to look like they’ve lost sight of what got them to their current level of relevance. LA’s swagger and confidence they once held with them in every game has all but evaporated. They look nervous and scared when taking the ice. Not to mention their win record has been down right embarrassing lately. Going 2-10 over a stretch of 12 games is pathetic. The team effort is just not showing up. The puck handling is inconsistent and the turnovers in the zone are piling up.
Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar are doing their best to try and provide a necessary spark for the offense, but it just isn’t working. In their last meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, It was Doughty and Kopitar scoring two of the three goals in a losing (5-3) effort. LA did however manage to snap their skid last night. It took an overtime slap shot goal from Robyn Regehr to give the Kings a comeback 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Unfortunately for Kings fans, it’s pretty difficult to point at many positives, other than the fact that they actually won, when it’s only their second victory out of 12 attempts. On top of all that, they’ll be without their star goalie Jonathan Quick for two weeks. Quick is playing for Team USA, in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
They’re just barely holding onto the 7th seed in the Western Conference. Only up four games and five points on the 8th seeded Vancouver Canucks. The Kings need to kick things into high gear if they want to stop this free fall and make a legitimate run at the Cup.
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