The Kings’ run was good while it lasted, but did it have to end like this?
It wasn’t necessarily shocking that their eight-game winning streak ended, but the most concerning aspect of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils was that one of the tenets of their game — possession — faltered.
They still sit atop the Pacific Division and are second in the Western Conference. It just wasn’t the ideal start to four games on the East Coast.
Here’s what we learned:
The Kings are aware of the target on their back. Anze Kopitar and Jake Muzzin alluded to getting opponents’ top game because of their win streak — one short of the franchise record — and...