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Kings Continue Season Slide, Fall to Ducks 7-4

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Stanley Cup hangovers have proved to be problems of varying degrees for teams coming off of a championship. Blame the perpetual photo shoot sessions and unending praise from complete strangers and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment for a sluggish start to a new year. It’s easy to do those things. But when looking at this 48-game schedule, it’s also easy to point towards the especially extended offseason, coupled with the fact that the Kings’ roster is basically identical to the one which won the Stanley Cup last June and wonder why the team isn’t winni...

Kings Fall to Florida, 3-1

Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing two goals on eleven shots Thursday night. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t have possibly looked more like themselves. (An explanation? Ok.)

It was an offensively challenged contest from start to finish with neither the Panthers or visiting Kings being able to generate more than a few scoring chances. The Kings recorded only twenty-three shots over the course of the game, twelve of which came in the first period. That first frame also handed Los Angeles two power plays, neither of which amounted to m...

Kings’ Offensive Comes Alive, Scores 5 in Win over Caps

Jack Johnson after scoring his second period goal and shortly before "Tebowing" in celebration. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

There is no doubt that Jonathan Quick is the MVP of the Kings’ season at the halfway mark. His numbers have been terrific and his play has consistently been unparalleled. Thus, it only makes sense that his team would break out of their prolonged offensive slump and erupt for five goals (not to mention one of which was scored on the power play)…all with their starting goaltender riding the pine.

Back-up Jonathan Bernier was given the spot-start and also an atypical amount...

Kings Take Scoreless Game to Brink, But Fall in OT

Jack Johnson (3) skates away as Evander Kane (9) and Blake Wheeler (26) celebrate their OT winner. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

There is an old hockey adage which maintains that one of the strongest yardsticks of a team’s performance and potential lies in how they compete in back-to-back games. Tonight marked the second time in eight days and the sixth time this season in which the Kings have found themselves in such a circumstance. They had previously gained a knack for coming up just a tad short in the second game, and that trend continued tonight in Winnipeg.

The Kings failed to score in the allotted sixty ...

Stevens’ Swan Song Falls Flat, Kings Throttled 8-2

Jonathan Bernier knows things have to get better than this soon.

If Thursday’s win versus Columbus was cause for a quiet optimism, tonight’s contest could very well be considered nothing less than rock bottom.

Some might argue it had already been decided halfway through the first period. Less than two minutes had passed before the away team found themselves on their heels and down by two. Both Jonathan Quick (who started) and Jonathan Bernier (who struggled in relief) played less than spectacular and the Kings were downed by the Red Wings’ stifling, and at times, flawless offensive attack. Detroit...

Offense Sputters, Kings Drop 4th in a Row

Simon Gagne (12) looks defeated. His team has lost four in a row and six of their last eight.

Other headlines I considered include “Pretty in Purple, Ugly Everywhere Else” and “A Case of Extraordinary Indifference.” Both sum up tonight’s effort from the Kings fairly well and quite frankly, do a better job of describing the game so one’s eyes won’t have to look at the statistics.

The Kings lost to the Dallas Stars earlier tonight by a score of 2-1. They were outshot 28-27 and committed 10 penalties within the allotted 60 minutes of gameplay. Add that to the 13 giveaways registered by the home squad (all of which seemingly occurre...