A concerning situation has become urgent for the
The Kings arrived in Minnesota in a playoff spot on Friday, but by the time they departed Chicago on Monday night they were on the outside again after back-to-back losses to the
They are three points behind third-place Calgary in the
The Kings, for the record, hold the ROW tiebreaker against the Jets, 35-32. ROW is wins in regulation, plus overtime victories.
Unable to take advantage of a (supposedly) weary team, again
While the Kings already were in Chicago on Sunday night, the Blackhawks were playing at Winnipeg. They beat the Jets and then traveled home to Chicago, not an overly long journey, though they still had to go through the extra step of customs and returned around 1 a.m. Monday.
Instead, the Kings looked like it was they who had played on Sunday, giving up 40 shots, including 29 through the first two periods, against Chicago. Minnesota also had a game the night before it played the Kings (against the
Naturally, Kings Coach
"Back-to-backs don't affect teams anymore," he said. "Back-to-backs, I would say, looking at us, finishing off the five [road] games is harder."
Scoring woes surfacing at worst possible time
For all the criticism levied against the Kings' fourth line -- and yes, much of it was deserved on Monday -- the shortcomings go a lot deeper.
In two critical games the Kings scored a grand total of two goals.
Sutter made reference to some of the scoring woes before the Minnesota game in his typically colorful manner: "We still have a lot of guys who haven't scored a goal since Jesus was a baby."
A few examples: Defenseman