For the first time this season the Los Angeles Kings are starting to look like a team with a purpose.
Despite injuries, ineffective play, and slumping players, in the span of nine days the Kings have beaten the Winnipeg Jets, rival San Jose Sharks, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the Arizona Coyotes.
Against the Coyotes, the Kings played a grinding style of play that limited the Coyotes speed. They did not play a complete game, but like their 2-1 winning margin the Kings were able to outplay the Coyotes two out of the three periods.
Quick in regular season form
The Kings backbone goaltender Jonathan Quick is beginning to like his old self. During the Kings winning streak Quick has won three games. He also no longer looks like the broken down player from the beginning of the season.
When Quick went down with a knee injury he had a save percentage in the dumps at 0.845. Since his return from the injured reserve, he is looking more like himself. This time around, Quick is putting up 92.2% save percentage and posting four wins while giving up one goal or less.
Against the Coyotes, it was no different. Quick stopped 26 shots and threw himself all over the ice to make the stops bringing the crowd to it’s feet with his acrobatic saves.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) December 28, 2018
After the game Quick was his typical self unimpressed by the winning streak:
“We won a game tonight, we have to win an afternoon game in a day and a half here so we have to try to win another game.
“That’s all that we’re focused on right now. That’s it.”
Despite missing the first 10 games, Dustin Brown is the Kings leading goal scorer. He became the first player to reach double digits, scoring his tenth goal of the season just 17 seconds into the third period.
The goal gave the Kings a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish. It was a masterful display of dogged tenacity. Brown used a move to shed a defender. Then beat former teammate Darcy Keumper with a shot that went into the roof of the net.
The Kings have no time to rest on their laurels. They face the Golden Knights again Saturday and then have New Years Eve tilt against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Kings have dug themselves a huge hole in the playoff standings, but if they want to start digging themselves they’ll have to continue this win streak.