Despite the calendar switching to 2019, the Los Angeles Kings are still wildly inconsistent and remain among the worst in the NHL.
After finishing 2018 by winning four of five the Kings went ahead and lost three of four of the next games to start 2019. They remain in last place of the Western Conference and are still on pace to be dead last in the entire league.
Due to their poor start, the rare wins they do get means little to the standings except reducing their chances of getting the number one pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
There is also a core group in the Kings lineup that probably cannot be moved due to salary and length. The likely core members are Anze Kopitar, who is in the second year of an eight year deal; Drew Doughty who just re-signed this passed summer; and Dustin Brown who still has three years on his contract but has a limited no-trade clause.
If that’s the Kings core, it is time they look to the future and start unloading what they can for assets and youth. But until the Kings can make those moves the season will more than likely carry on per usual.
The one win of 2019 so far for the Kings was a 4-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oilers. The win was significant because of the milestones achieved in the game.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 6, 2019
Anze Kopitar scored his 300th goal as a King, becoming the fifth player in franchise history. Dustin Brown who assisted on Kopitar’s goal, made his 1,078th appearance in an LA King. Brown’s achievement moved him into second place behind former Kings winger Dave Taylor in all-time games played for the franchise.
To cap off the night of achievements, Jonathan Quick won his 300th game as Kings goaltender becoming the 17th person in NHL history to do so before reaching 600 starts.
All the achievements of the win cements the legacy that all three players mean to franchise history.
Wait a minute what about the bad, you say? That’s just it aside from the one win. It has been all ugly for the Kings. In their three losses, the Kings have given up 11 goals while scoring only four.
Their worst game was against the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning. An atrocious game from the start for the Kings they gave up three goals in first period on the way to a 6-2 loss.
For Kings fans in attendance, it was a glimpse of what the Kings used to do to teams during the hey day of the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup runs.