A few takeaways after the Kings' playoff hopes were dealt a significant blow by a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, the Kings' first regulation loss to the Oilers since Nov. 3, 2011.
Yes, a week does make a difference
For the Oilers. And for the Kings.
From eight goals to two. The Kings’ blowout of last week -- an 8-2 victory over the Oilers in Los Angeles -- morphed into something of a debacle at
There were no goals from the Kings' forwards: the two power-play goals came from defensemen
In fact, in this two-game run of must-win games, the Kings have one goal from a forward,
Calgary Herald columnist George Johnson has used the phrase "banana peel" games to describe these contests against lesser lights.
The second-guessing about starting Martin Jones instead of the locked-in, tough-minded Jonathan Quick began on social media even before puck drop.
This was one of the rare times that Sutter, always ride-the-No. 1 goalie, has been criticized for giving a goalie, you know, some rest,
It's all fascinating, of course. But bottom line: Jones wasn't the reason the Kings lost to the Oilers.
Of course, it comes down to the Flames
If the Kings lose in regulation on Thursday night, they are done.
And why not have it ride on a game against the Flames? They lead the season series against the Kings 3-1-0 and also hold the first tiebreaker, the ROW, 40 to 37.
Sutter has spent a big chunk of his professional career with Calgary as coach and general manager. He guided the Flames to a
Doughty predicted that the Kings' A-game would return on Thursday.
"You're going to see our best game," he said. "The Kings, when we play our best hockey we're still one of the best teams in the league, and I think everyone knows that. We just haven't been able to do that consistently this year.
"Calgary has kind of had our number this year and we owe them. Going into their building, we're going to play a big, hard, rough road game and get a win there."