Clearly, the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t win all 41 home games this season. Kings fans know they have been spoiled in Staples Center so far this year, but I’m sure none of them were ready for that streak to end against the Columbus Blue Jackets (10th place in the west before today’s games). The Kings were bound to lose at home sooner or later, but the Kings hadn’t lost two games in a row yet this season either and didn’t look good in San Jose or against the Blue Jackets.
The fact that the Kings’ penalty kill is still perfect at home or that Justin Williams extended his career high point streak to 11 games is little consolation to the Kings team getting ready to head on the road for four games before Thanksgiving (including back to back games this Friday and Saturday in Buffalo and Boston).
Though he repeatedly said he couldn’t speak for the other guys on the team, Greene said “I can only speak for myself personally. I think it’s just mental lapses right now. I mean, I’ve been on the ice for five goals against in the last two games – that’s not a good stat if you want to win hockey games.” Clearly, the Kings are no happier than their fans that their home winning streak ended, though Anze Kopitar pointed out that obviously “It’s not a good feeling when you lose – doesn’t matter if it’s on the road or at home.” He also mentioned that they have to get back to their winning ways, which all Kings fans are looking forward to as their team heads to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Friday.