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Kings can stop but need more scoring pop as second half of NHL season begins

Kings can stop but need more scoring pop as second half of NHL season begins

The Kings were very hospitable over the weekend, allowing the NHL to crash Staples Center for three days of All-Star festivities. 

But they can’t afford to be so kind during the second half of the season. The Kings (24-21-4) are currently one point out of the Western Conference’s last playoff spot despite winning two straight prior to the break. They have not won three straight since a five-game winning streak in late November. 

Their consistent inconsistency has them at a crossroads at the season’s unofficial midpoint. The next 33 games — starting with a 6 p.m. matchup against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday — will decide whether the Kings recoil or contend. As...

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