In 2014, a Los Angeles Kings fan watched their team ring out every last ounce of karma en route to a second Stanley Cup.
The team became just the fourth in NHL history to come back and win a series after being down 0-3. They won three game 7’s on the road and won five games in overtime, including the longest game in Staples Center history to clinch the cup.
A fan watching all of this probably wondered when the Kings will have to pay their debt for tall of this hockey luck. The good news for these fans is the hockey Gods chose 2018-19 to cash in on the loan.
The team with the worst record in the NHL just lost their second goaltender in the last few weeks.
Jack Campbell has torn his meniscus just a few weeks after starter Jonathan Quick tore his meniscus. The injury will require surgery, which means that Campbell is expected to be out 4 to 6 weeks after the repair.
Next in line
With the injury to Campbell, the Kings called up rookie goaltender Cal Petersen, who has never played in the NHL, from the Ontario Reign.
Peter Budaj, who was Campbell’s back up, is most likely to take the starters position. Budaj similarly moved up to the top spot in the 2016-17 season when Quick missed 55 games due to injury.
In his 12 starts this season, Campbell was 5-7 with a goals against average of 2.33 and one shutout. With the Kings offense being so anemic, Campbell got little help as in Saturday’s nights game against the Calgary Flames, when he stopped 35 shots in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss.
Budaj has stopped 10 of 11 shots in his only appearance for the Kings this year. With Cal Petersen considered a future number one by the organization, it remains to be seen who coach Will Desjardins leans on until Quick and Cambell recover.
This latest injury is just another illustration of just how down the Kings have been this season.
They’ve been bad on offense, the power play, they had to fire their coach, and now they are down to their number 3 and 4 goalies.
So with the latest setback, do the Kings have any hope left to save their season 16 games in?