A win is a win no matter how it is achieved. The Kings will take any victory they can get right now as they do sit 5th in the Pacific Division. The Pacific Division is arguably the hardest division in the NHL with league point leaders the Anaheim Ducks as well as the San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings just are not playing at the same level as these teams as their offense is not clicking and is ranked in the lower half of the NHL in goals per game. The Kings did get the 2 points against the Sabres, but were unconvincing in doing so.
The Kings had a chance to make a statement to the rest of the league, but instead played it safe throughout the game and finished with a 2 to 0 victory. The Kings have a modest record of 10 and 6, but will have to play better if they want any chance of climbing up in the Pacific Division. The main issues I see with the Kings right now is the lack of goals and the continued sloppy play at times throughout the game. LA is averaging 2.6 goals per game right now, but their offense is not posing much of a threat to the opposition right now. One factor could be the absence of Jeff Carter and the void he has left and that has yet to be filled.
The Kings will have to rely even more on their power play to produce goals. They scored both of their goals against the Sabres on the power play, courtesy of star centers Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards. LA will need Dustin Brown, Justin Williams and even recently called up Tyler Toffoli to produce goals if they want to compete with the Sharks, Ducks and Coyotes.
Even with a scoring increase the Kings will also have to clean up their play as they were lucky to get a shutout against the Sabres. Jonathan Quick was on top of his game and will make up at times for the mistakes by the defenseman. Drew Doughty continues to rack up the points, but needs to get his fellow defenseman to play at the same level as him. If the Kings are able to keep the giveaways below 10 a game and achieve more takeaways then they will have a great chance to win every game. Los Angeles has won 4 out of their last 6 games and will close out this 4 game home stand against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Being 10 and 6 is not bad, but the Kings have the potential to play better and finish better than 5th place in the Pacific Division and 9th in the Western Conference.