The Los Angeles Kings finished off their four game home stand Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 over new rivals the Vegas Golden Knights.
It left the Kings 2-2 on the homestand, one where the Kings looked terrible (6-3 loss to New Jersey Devils), bad (2-1 loss to Phoenix Coyotes), ok (2-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes), and great in their win against the Knights.
As a result of their win, the Kings climbed out of last place in the NHL, an improvement that reflects the little glimmer of hope the Kings give their fans for the rest of the season.
Over the four home games the Kings putrid offense has been improved by a youth movement of sorts. Kings prospect Matt Luff scored the power play goal that put away the Knights. Nikita Scherbak also scored his first goal with the Kings.
In the loss to the Devils, another recent acquisition Brendan Leipsic scored his first goal with the Kings and made the assist on the Luff goal against the Knights.
Coming back from the injured reserve list, Jonathan Quick had yet to win a game. Even when he was playing, Quick didn’t look well with a GAA above 4 and a save percentage around 84 percent.
But during the homestand, Quick reversed the trend starting all four games and posting a 1.78 GAA and having a 93% save percentage.
Quick posted his 50th shutout of his career during the homestand and was nearly unstoppable against the Knights shutting them down after giving up the opening goal. If Quick is back in form, that means the Kings will have a fighting chance in every game he plays.
The Kings are on their way to the east coast for a four game road trip before playing closer to home during the holidays.
It is probably their last stand to turn the season around. Playing the likes of Detroit, Buffalo, Columbus, and Pittsburgh is foreboding regardless, so if the Kings want there season to keep going then, they will need to continue their winning ways.