Brooks Laich

The Kings' offense struggles to put puck in net

The Kings' offense struggles to put puck in net

The Kings’ offensive binge at the start of the season was like the unveiling of a shiny new car, with all the modern accessories. But the upkeep was unrealistic, at least for 82 games, and the team’s latest spell might represent lifting the hood on an older, used model.

The Kings have scored 14 goals in their last eight games and ranked 21st in the NHL in scoring before leaving Monday on a four-game trip. It’s a steep dropoff from the 27 goals they scored in their first six games, and perhaps a reversion to their previous identity as a team that needs to win low-scoring games with goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Their 2-1 victory over the Ducks in a shootout on Saturday offered...

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