The Kings lost their first game this season (and one of the first in the last couple seasons) when they were leading after two periods. Los Angeles is now 19-0-1 when leading after two periods. On the up side for Kings fans, the Kings got a point for their overtime loss to the Stars and stay in 8th place (which would have been true without the point). The western conference is super tight, so every point counts. Naturally, the Kings were very disappointed with their loss, in spite of the point they got.
I’m not a fan of the point for losing. I never have been and never will be. However, close conference standings like those this year (especially in the west) were created by these three point games (which all three of the NHL games were tonight – two shootouts and one overtime). Clearly, the NHL got exactly what they wanted by giving teams a point for losing in overtime or a shootout. Many teams are fighting for playoff spots, which should get more fans to attend games than they would if they knew their team was definitely not able to get into the playoffs already.
The Kings are hoping to improve things on the road. Kopitar mentioned “it seems that going on the road we’ve managed to put some strings together.” They’re hoping to put some wins together on the road and move up a bit in the standings. Fifth place in the West (the Stars, currently) isn’t very secure. Eight place is scarily close to sitting at home watching (or avoiding) the playoffs in April. The Kings realize that they have to pull their act together on the road and get back into playoff hockey mode.