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What we learned from the Kings’ 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton

Andy Andreoff, Oscar Klefbom
Kings’ Andy Andreoff checks Edmonton’s Oscar Klefbom on Tuesday night.
(Jason Franson / Associated Press)

The second game of this three-game trip resulted in Todd Nelson’s first win as an NHL coach. There was a clear sense of relief for the struggling Oilers and a feeling of increasing frustration for the Kings. A few more takeaways after yet another road loss.

Shots don’t tell the whole story

On this trip the Kings have outshot their two opponents, 55-36, and have one point to show for games in Calgary and Edmonton.

They outshot the Oilers, 17-5, in the third period and overtime combined. Again, the big push came too late.

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Big moments for cellar dwellers

What do the Sabres, Hurricanes and Oilers have in common?

Well, they are mired at the bottom of their respective divisions. Then there is this: They’ve all recorded wins over the visiting Kings in 2014.

Beware of the minnows.

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Forwards stalling

In six-plus periods of hockey (factoring in Tuesday’s overtime session at Edmonton), the Kings have one goal from a forward, Tyler Toffoli.

A small sampling: Captain Dustin Brown has not scored in 12 games, rookie Tanner Pearson’s goal drought is at nine games and Justin Williams has not scored since Dec. 14 at Toronto, a seven-game stretch.

Williams, in fact, played a season-low 10 minutes 28 seconds against the Oilers. The only other Kings’ forward with less ice time was rookie Andy Andreoff (7:37). It was Andreoff’s first game back in the lineup since Oct. 31.


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