While it’s still only the middle of December, with yet another loss, the season looks to be over for the Los Angeles Kings. The team’s abysmal record is keeping them at the bottom of the league. They still can’t score, and now defensively, they find themselves depleted.
Heading out for a four game road trip, the Kings were in desperate need of wins. However, after three games, they have not found them.
Along the way the, Kings have lost defensemen Alec Martinez, Dion Phaneuf, and Drew Doughty for a game.
The injuries predictably marred the Kings last two games. On Tuesday night the Kings had a 3-1 lead going into the third period against the Buffalo Sabres. However, since then, the Kings have been outscored 7-1, blowing the Sabres game in overtime and losing on 4-1 Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Against the Blue Jackets, the Kings scored first thanks to Dustin Brown’s ninth goal of the season. From there, though, it was all downhill. LA gave up two quick goals in the first. Then, in an evenly played second period, their sloppiness led to two more goals.
Besides Doughty and Jake Muzzin, the Kings were forced to play their young defensemen and they weren’t able to deal with the speed of the Blue Jackets. The Kings gave up 41 shots on goal and another power play goal.
The Kings were also inept again on their power play unit going 0-3. The Kings are just 1-38 on the power play while on the road.
The Kings have one more game on the trip where they face the Pittsburgh Penguins. With their continued offensive woes and injuries sapping their depth, it is unlikely they come out with the win.
It would take a miracle for the Kings to even begin to sniff the playoffs. At this point in the season, it has gotten too late to make up any ground. And with injuries continuing to plague the team, Kings fans will have to continue to watch the losses add up.