Oh god it’s been a while. Now all the festivities are over and done with I can finally get back to writing up on the Kings and recapping what has been.
The Weeks That Were
Over the course of the last month things in Los Angeles have been a very bizarre case of “your mileage may vary”. From the ever tinkering line changes of Desjardins with the then mind boggling decision to place Kovalchuk on the fourth line (This was since rectified recently as he’s been playing top six minutes in the last few games as he should), to the All Star Game nominations ahead of the event in San Jose at the end of the month which features Drew Doughty (as of writing) being the lone representative of the Kings (In line with having one player per team, per conference).
The end of December marked a series of wins for the Kings, as they would go through Winnipeg 4-1 with goals coming through Wagner twice, Iafallo and Thompson. The next game against their northern rivals in San Jose would bring a 3-2 OT win for the team as Kovalchuk would score the game opening and winning goal with Iafallo picking up another along the win.
The last game before Christmas would be another OT win against Vegas, with a 4-3 win achieved over the defending Western Conference Champions. Amadio, Carter, Iafallo and Toffoli would all notch up with Toffoli picking up his 6th goal of the season in the OT win.
Coming out of the festive break the Kings would roll onto a 2-1-0 record to close out the year following wins against the Coyotes (2-1) and the Avalanche in OT by a 3-2 scoreline, the loss in the three games being against the Knights 4-1 just days after their OT loss on December 23rd.
Going into the New Year and beyond and so far and the case of mileage varying with the Kings continue with two straight losses to Vegas (2-0) and a thumping from Tampa Bay (6-2), the Kings would redeem themselves following a 4-0 shutout win against the Edmonton Oilers with Anze Kopitar notching his 300th career goal not only as a King, but the first Slovenian player to do so (And to date, the only Slovenian) and Jonathan Quick chalking up his 300th career win.
The Week That Will Be
Three games are on for the Kings this week, with a visit to San Jose on Monday following a 2 game stint against the Senators (Thursday) and Penguins (Saturday). The team will then go on a 3 game road trip against Minnesota, Dallas and Colorado before coming home to face St. Louis before the All Star break.
Stats and Leaders
Record: 17-23-3 (Last in Division, 13th in Conference, 27th in NHL).
Goals: Brown (11)
Assists: Doughty (21)
Points: Kopitar (28)
Plus-Minus: Muzzin (+8)
GAA: Campbell (2.23)
Sv%: Campbell (93%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell, Petersen (1)
PP: 14.9% (27th in NHL)
PK: 74.8% (30th in NHL)
Carl Hagelin has been activated from the IR, with Trevor Lewis being moved to LTIR.
Kings prospects Rasmus Kupari and Michael Anderson won Gold and Silver respectively for Finland and the USA in the finals of the WJC.
With Campbell back, Petersen has been sent back down to the AHL.