What we learned from the
They'll spend Christmas second in the Pacific division and the Western conference
Considering the Kings missed the playoffs season, that's pretty impressive. So are their 22-11-4 record for 48 points and their +24 goal differential (they've scored 109 and allowed 85). They're tied with the Vegas Golden Knights in points but the expansion Golden Knights have a better winning percentage because they've played fewer games (34), to the Kings' 37. (St. Louis also has 48 points but has played 38 games). A win on Saturday would have put the Kings alone in first in the division and the conference, but former King Martin Jones stymied them by making 28 saves.
"A lot of credit to him but I think we could have done more, for sure. Absolutely," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "Which is always the case, anyway. They played good. They didn't give us too much. The first was pretty good on our part, the second period we got stalled with the penalties, and taking a few more in the third is not going to create any momentum, and that's what happened."
The holiday break is coming at the right time
They need a chance to heal and catch their collective breath, and they'll get it because they don't play again until Thursday, when they face the Golden Knights at Staples Center. The Kings on Saturday put forward
The road is getting tougher
After playing a schedule that was heavy on