It was supposed to be the homestand that saved the Kings’ season.
With the playoff race entering the home stretch, they would play seven consecutive games at Staples Center, one against the team they’re chasing and three against teams with losing records.
If the Kings were going to go on a tear, this was where it would start.
Two weeks later, they filed out of Staples Center after going 4-2-1 on the homestand, capped by Thursday’s 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
That’s good, but not good enough.
Because what had been a one-point deficit in the Western Conference wild-card race is now a four-point gap — with seven fewer games in which to make it...