On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings take on the hottest team in the NHL. They face off with the Toronto Maple Leafs to finish out their four-game tour of Canada.
If things follow true to form, the Kings are in line for a win, which is the roller-coaster ride the Kings have been on this season. So far the Kings have followed up a loss with a win, and a win with a loss.
After winning their first game last Sunday, the Kings started their road trip with a loss in Winnipeg against the Jets. Then, they put together a solid performance in a win against the Montreal Canadiens. LA though followed that victory up with a loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.
The loss against the Senators was especially listless and highlighted why the team has been consistently so inconsistent.
Offense struggles on road trip
The Kings have out-shot their opponent for the first this year, 37-22 in the Sens game, but it didn’t matter. Ottawa are a team most experts agree are in a re-building phase. Despite what the pundits say, it did not stop them from blowing the Kings off the ice, winning this game 5-1.
The Kings could do nothing right. And before you could blink, the Senators were up 4-0. Their power play continues to be inept as they have failed to convert on any advantage this year.
So far this year, the Kings are 0-18 this year with a man advantage. At this point, it would almost be better if the Kings just declined penalties like in the NFL.
How do the Kings beat Toronto?
With the the Senators game in the rear view, what hope do Kings fans have beating the Maple Leafs on Monday? Partially due to being so inept on the power play
The Kings are a bottom 10 team on offense, only scoring 11 goals. Meanwhile, the Leafs are on a tear, having scored 29 goals already, which is 18 more than the Kings already.
However, the Kings are still one of the better defensive teams in the NHL. Despite that five-goal barrage, they have only giving up 12 goals. Toronto, on the other hand, have given up a league-worst 22.
For Kings to end their road trip on a good note they have blue print: score goals against one of the worst defenses in NHL. They will also need to really clamp down on defense in order can stop the most dynamic offensive team in the league.