What we learned from the
Another shootout, another loss for the Kings. This one came on a festive night, the jersey retirement for Rob Blake, the Kings' Hall of Fame defenseman and current assistant general manager. A few takeaways on a night when the Kings let another point slip away.
On the outside, looking in
Yes, this was Game 45 for the Kings and this is still January. There are still two more games before the All-Star break.
In other words, plenty of hockey and plenty of trade rumors await. But, as of now, the Kings are out of a playoff spot, tied with Calgary with 51 points. But the
Winnipeg (56 points) and Calgary are occupying the two wild-card positions. The Kings' next opponent? The Flames on Monday. The second half of the season seems destined to test the Kings' championship pedigree.
Shootout woes, deepening
Remember the considerable issues that the
The Kings haven't quite reached that level of desperation. This season, they are 1-7 in shootouts -- the lone success coming against the Ducks in November -- and have failed to convert on their last 22 shootout opportunities. With two games remaining, against Calgary and San Jose, before the All-Star break, the Kings have left a possible seven points on the table.
“We have enough talent here,” forward
Or to see if center
Kings rookie center Nick Shore made his
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter offered a muted observation, saying: "I thought he was all right."