On Sunday the Kings were knocked out of the playoff race. On Monday, the players learned they might not be going to the Olympics either.
So on Tuesday they found themselves trying to pick up the pieces of both their earliest postseason elimination since 2009 and what could be the first Winter Olympics without NHL players in two decades.
“I’m disappointed,” captain Anze Kopitar said before the Kings’ 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
“Unfortunate,” added defenseman Drew Doughty.
They were speaking of the NHL’s decision not to pause next season’s schedule to allow players to participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the sentiments could...