The Anaheim Ducks won their second game in a row and extended the Kings’ three game losing streak to four. The Kings have lost 7 of their last 8 games starting in San Jose on November 15th. They only won 5 of their 12 games in November. After starting their season winning all but three of their first 15 games and leading the western conference and sometimes even the NHL, the Kings have practically been in a free fall. It may be early, but if the playoffs started today the Kings would not be in them.
When the Kings lost three games in a row, most Kings fans weren’t really concerned. They knew losing streaks happen and you can’t win them all. But if playing the Ducks wasn’t enough to get the Kings out of the slump they’ve been in lately, what will it take? Coach Terry Murray thought the team played well saying he’s not ready to shake up the line combinations yet. If losing 7 out of the last 8 games and 4 in a row isn’t enough of a sign that things aren’t going well, I’m not sure what will get them out of it. If Kings fans aren’t concerned at this point, I think they should be. At this rate, neither of the southern California teams (and perhaps none of the three California teams) will make it into the playoffs. I predicted that the Kings would be in the western conference finals this season and I still think they can get there, but they’ve got to figure out what’s wrong and address the mental lapses soon. November was a bad month for them. It’s time for them to turn the page and start December with a fresh outlook.
The first game of the “Freeway Face-Off” goes to the Ducks. There are five more games between the SoCal rivals and they’ll probably all be more interesting than tonight’s game. The Ducks and Kings each face the Florida Panthers next (the Ducks host them Wednesday; the Kings Thursday).