The Los Angeles Kings hosted the Calgary Flames on Monday night in what was the 2nd game of a four game home stand. The Kings played a sloppy game to say the least as they had 14 giveaways and committed 6 penalties. The last penalty they committed was the most painful, as it led to the game winning goal for the Flames with only 30 seconds left in the 3rd period.
The Flames scored all 3 of their goals on the power play as the final score was 3 to 2 in favor of Calgary. This was a game the Kings were supposed to win as Calgary came in with only 3 wins and with a less talented team than previous seasons. The Kings played down to the level of the Flames and it cost them points at home.
The biggest issue for the Kings is their lack of goals per game this season as they rank 21st in the league with only 2.3 goals per game. As mentioned before, the power play of the Flames was the difference in the game as they went 3 for 6. LA is usually above average in penalty killing ranking 3rd in the league with an 89.2 kill percentage.
The Kings as a team still have not clicked and continue to struggle at times to score. Neither Anze Kopitar nor Mike Richards have scored this season and talented winger Dustin Brown only has 2 goals in 10 games.
It isn’t time to panic yet, but the next couple of games are crucial as the Kings will play 6 out of their next 7 games at home. LA has more than enough talent on their roster to play better hockey and with a head coach like Darryl Sutter that should happen soon.
On a positive note the defense has begun to clamp down after giving up 5 goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drew Doughty is playing better and better and has scored in two consecutive games. The loss to Calgary was heartbreaking, but the Kings have a few days to recover until their next game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
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