Have the Los Angeles Kings passed their best before date? The 2011-12 and 2013-14 Stanley Cup champions missed the playoffs in 2014-15 and were hastily bounced in the first round in 2015-16 and no longer look to be the imposng force that steamrolled their way through the league not so long ago, playing 64 playoff games between 2012-14. Did all the extra work take the stuffing out of the usually imposing, resilient Kings and make them susceptible to a sudden downturn?
Is this merely a blip on the screen and will the Kings regroup and rise again, or is it a sign of things to come, as an aging lineup gets further away from glory? Time will tell if there’s another crown to be worn by these Kings.
One thing you have to give the Kings – in a salary cap world, they aren’t afraid of finding a way to make a blockbuster move. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, Vincent Lecavlaier and Luke Schenn are some of the big names the Kings have acquired in recent years in their bids to win it all.
Losing key players to drug issues and domestic battery charges in recent seasons, the Kings have been forced to make many changes ahead of schedule and while for the most part they’ve been able to do patchwok in the short run, long term, you have to wonder whether the Kings can keep running with the big dogs in the Pacific Division.
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Despite the two down years, the Kings opted to invest in a new long-term deal with coach Darryl Sutter, even though there’s been some signs in the past two seasons that perhaps Sutter’s message no longer resonates with the team like it once did.
Slow starts were a problem for the Kings in their playoff loss to the San Jose Sharks and a big part of that dilemma likely has to do with their defense. There just isn’t the defensive depth in L.A. that was there during the Kings’ Stanley Cup wins and that thin blue line has proven to be their undoing.
Los Angeles Kings Scores & Schedule
The Kings scores and game schedule are below and one factor that’s important when betting on the Kings is that they can find a way to win the game without going to the shootout.
The shootout has not been friendly to the Kings.
Needing a win in their final game of the 2015-16 season to clinch the Pacific Division title, the Kings squandered a 3-0 lead to the Winnipeg Jets and lost in a shootout, finishing one point behind the Anaheim Ducks. Los Angeles won just two shootout games in 2015-16 and in 2014-15.
On the other hand, the NHL’s new three-on-three overtime session in 2015-16 proved to the Kings’ liking. They were 14-3 in overtime, after going 3-18 during the final campaign of four-on-four OT.
Los Angeles Kings Standings Right Now
The Los Angeles Kings standings are right here and while the Kings rebounded strongly in 2015-16 to win 48 games, can they keep up that pace going forward?
The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks are as strong as ever and appear to have more depth of young talent on hand than the Kings. And if L.A. looks in the rear-view mirror the Kings will see the Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes, both loaded with up-and-coming high-end skill players, closing fast.
Hard against the salary cap, the Kings will find it difficult to patchwork their issues, especially their lack of depth on defense.
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||84||61||29||16||199||146|
|6||New York Rangers||82||63||33||21||207||168|
|7||San Jose Sharks||81||62||30||18||173||146|
|15||Toronto Maple Leafs||69||62||22||21||190||185|
|16||New York Islanders||68||61||25||22||180||182|
|18||St. Louis Blues||67||62||24||26||173||179|
|19||Los Angeles Kings||66||63||18||27||155||158|
|21||Tampa Bay Lightning||64||61||23||25||171||171|
|23||New Jersey Devils||62||62||17||25||145||180|
|25||Detroit Red Wings||60||61||14||26||153||180|
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One asset the Kings know that they can count on for years to come is center Anze Kopitar. With unrestricted free agency beckoning, Kopitar opted to re-up with the Kings, signing an eight-year, $80-million deal and by doing so, allowed L.A. to lock up the services of the guy who might be the best two-way forward in the NHL today.
Kopitar led the Kings in scoring every season between 2007-08 and 2015-16 and was a plus-115 between 2010-16, finsihing plus-34 during the 2015-16 season, second in the NHL behind the plus-35 rating of teammate Tyler Toffoli.
Dustin Brown captained the Los Angeles Kings to two Stanley Cups. Jonathan Quick gave them Conn Smythe Trophy worth netminding. But the real hero, the Rock of Gibraltar during those two Stanley Cup runs was defenseman Drew Doughty. A physical presence, a solid offensive contributor and a minute-munching machine there’s little Doughty can’t do on the ice. Off the ice, he’s a leader in the room, someone who will step up and be heard, whether he’s calling on his teammates to be better or calling out the opposition to let them know that he’s coming to get them.