The Los Angeles Kings season is unfolding like a laundry cycle: rinse, spin, repeat.
Back at it tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/5uVgL6tdqE
— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 30, 2018
On Thursday night, the Kings faced off against the Edmonton Oilers, a team they beat at the Staples Center this past Sunday 5-2.
There should have been some good feelings going into the game, however. The Kings were on a two game winning streak and got Jonathan Quick back from the injured reserve list.
Those good feelings. though, were erased almost immediately as the Oilers needed just nine minutes to take a 2-0 lead.
Quick looked rusty and out of sorts as he seemed to swat a the puck into his own net while being unable to handle a rebound.
Kings claw their way back
The second goal was a power play goal for the Oilers. Quick gave up a big rebound and Jesse Puljujarvi capitalized on the opportunity.
Brown continued his strong play since returning from injury, accruing 13 points in 15 games and has five goals in his last three games.
Oilers score late
The score would not change until three minutes left in the game. It changed on an unfortunate play by the Kings. Alex Iaffallo tried to flip the puck into his zone. Instead, he airmailed it five rows past the glass, which lead to a delay of game penalty.
The Oilers wasted little time. They scored their second PPG through Oskar Klefbom with 2:50 left to go in the game.
Kings PK since coaching change – 64.9%
3 2 EDM (F)
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) November 30, 2018
At times, the Kings look better than in previous games, but they continue to struggle. Since their coaching change the Kings are 64.90% in the penalty kill. The league average is around 80%, which means that the Kings are one of the worst in that department.
For the season, because of his health, Quick has not looked like himself in net going. He has a 0-4-1 record and a goals-against-average of above 4 and save percentage in the low 80’s.
It might be time to start thinking about bringing Quick along as a backup to the younger healthier Cal Petersen who has sparkled in goal during Quick’s absence.
Coach Willie Dejardins summed up the loss:
“I thought they got up with a couple early ones, but I thought we battled back.
It was good to get one on the power play. I think that we had our chances to win that game, and we just didn’t capitalize.”
If the Kings continue to struggle the way they did against the Oilers then the season is lost, and it’s time to start getting value for what few assets they have.