There was the chance to put (some) distance between themselves and the Calgary Flames and an opportunity to pull even, points-wise, with Vancouver, at least for a couple of hours.
So what did the Kings do against the Minnesota Wild?
Minnesota scored on its first shot of the game and led by two goals by the 13:39 mark. The Kings couldn't recover from that early deficit and Minnesota won, 4-1, on Saturday night as Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves, handing the Kings their first loss in four games.
"We've got to start on time. It's on us," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. "You can't spot a team like that two goals. They start well in the...