Whether it's the Christmas break or the All-Star break, the final game before any stoppage in the schedule has proved to be deeply problematic for the Kings.
That shortcoming was on full display on Wednesday night as the Kings managed to squander a two-goal lead, regained the lead and lost it with a shoddy third-period effort against the Colorado Avalanche.
Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon scored goals 2 minutes 57 seconds apart in the third period to lead the Avalanche to 4-3 victory over the Kings at Staples Center. Landeskog scored twice.
“If you want to win in this league, you've got to play a full 60 minutes,” Kings defenseman Alec Martinez said. “We didn't...