Old ways to lose. New ways to lose. Three games into a five-game trip is starting to feel more like 13 for the faltering Kings. A few takeaways from a another road loss, this one coming to the
Mental mistakes increasing
The giveaways and the turnovers at crucial times are starting to pile up. There was defenseman
Physical battles were lost. But how many of the issues are becoming mental ones?
“A lot of time, mistakes are mental, sometimes they are physical,” Kings center
"It's a tough break, again. A tough loss. We've got to move on."
Defensive woes revisited
Think of the defense as a house of cards. One card was pulled out -- in this case, defenseman
Another card was defenseman
It held together – well, sort of – and at the Christmas break the Kings were still in a playoff spot. But the expanded roles have taken a toll on the remaining defensemen. They simply can’t keep riding on
The gap between Doughty's ice time and the rest was particularly startling on Thursday. Muzzin was next at almost 21 minutes.
Road less traveled
Five road wins, still.
The Kings are 0-3 on this trip with games coming up in Tampa (Saturday) and Columbus (Monday) and are 5-12-6 on the road overall.
Last season, they recorded their sixth road win by Nov. 15 at New Jersey. For some historical perspective: In 1995-96, the Kings finished with a mere eight road wins in what was