Three weeks ago, when the
So now that they've won three in a row it seems fair to ask whether they are as good as they've been playing.
The easy answer is, it's too early to tell. But there has clearly been progress.
With eight goals in less than 24 hours at Colorado and Calgary, the Kings equaled their total from the final eight games before the Olympic break.
A night earlier it had been
The Kings' special teams have stepped up too. In the win over Colorado, they scored on the power play for just the third time in 10 games. In Calgary they didn't allow a power-play score for the third time in 13 contests.
"This is the time we play best every year," Doughty said of the Kings, who have won 30 of 46 March games over the last three seasons. "We seem to put ourselves in a hole with 20 games left and then all of a sudden we're fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
"We're desperate right now to be getting points and to be winning games. This is the best time of the year."
The Kings' recent resurgence may have lessened the urgency but probably not the need for General Manager
Lombardi has made some masterful deadline deals in the past, getting center
So he may consider a different tack. After using his second-round selections in the next two drafts to pry
After playing two games in two countries in about 26 hours, the Kings had a relaxed day Friday with less than a dozen players taking the ice at the team's midday practice. The rest of the players did light off-ice workouts while the Kings' six Olympians, who played through the NHL's three-week break, didn't show up at all.
When: 1 p.m.
On the air: TV: FSW; Radio: 1150.
Etc.: After winning consecutive games on the road for the first time since mid-December, the Kings return to the