The Los Angeles Kings are coming home for a seven game home stand off the back of a six game losing streak.
So far this season, Los Angeles has lost at home and on the road; they have been blown out a lot; struggled 5 on 5, on the power play, and on the penalty kill. And while on the losing streak, the Kings have been bad to inept in every facet of the game.
So what are the underlying numbers that have created this losing streak.
This is a bit of a cheat, but every game has started with the Kings opponent scoring first. When the team is averaging 1.3 goals a game during the losing streak, playing from behind will not help.
While the Kings are scoring so little, it’s no surprise they are being scored upon early and often.
During the losing streak, the Kings are giving up nearly five goals a game. Despite being healthier at the defensive position thus far this year, the team is a bottom three defensive team. LA has given up 36 goals, with only the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers allowing more.
Again, compounded with the worst goal scoring output in the league (18), you can see why the Kings are in their situation.
Despite the fact that they finally broke their 0-for on the power play, the Kings have only scored three power play goals during this stretch. The Kings are in 30th place in the league when it comes to the power play.
They were most inept in their last game on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. Down 2-1 in the last six minutes of the game, the Kings had three consecutive power play opportunities to tie the score. The Kings could not score, even with a 6-4 advantage. To add insult to injury, off a face off in the Wild’s zone, they gave up an empty net goal.
If the Kings want to end this streak, and get back to winning, it starts on Saturday against the New York Rangers.
The Kings need to take it one game at a time, but they have too much talent to be this bad.