For the fourth-straight game, the Los Angeles Kings earned a point. It would’ve been better had they won last night granted, but still content with the point. While there offense is still looking ahead at better days, the Kings did create a few more scoring chances last night than their previous game – and they even scored another power play courtesy of Dustin Brown, who finally found his name on the scoresheet this season.
Now, the Grammy Awards are coming to town to occupy Staples Center for the next couple of weeks which means that the Los Angeles Kings must hit the road. While last season’s 18-13-10 mark away from home wasn’t as promising as their 22-14-5 at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings should find this time on the road as beneficial as anything this season.
While they went 2-3-2 on their “Grammy Break” (I guess we can call it that), this year’s version of the Kings have only been together for a couple of weeks and being on the road for a while should certainly help everyone re-develop a rapport and really start to come together as a unit. The Kings have been playing better with each passing game but there are still a few areas that need to be worked on and what better way to do it than away from Los Angeles? While at home, players and coaches go their separate ways to their own families, their lives and only meet up for practice and games while being on the road means sharing the same meals and sleeping at the same hotel. I realize what I just said comes across as common sense but it is why home-ice advantage (or home-whatever depending on what sport it is) matters less and less these days. Heck, the Kings won all four of their playoff series despite starting each one on the road. The experts may not have given the Kings much of a chance but said experts don’t need to develop any sort of camaraderie when they’re away from home.
While I’m not certain that it was being on the road that made the Los Angeles Kings should a force to be reckoned with last spring, I can safely assume that it played a fairly significant factor. They have the talent in place, the coaching staff and the will to win. All the Kings need now is to put that plan to action – and I believe a brief hiatus away from the City of Angels will work wonders because when Lady Gaga receives her Grammys for “Most Androgynous”, Carly Rae Jepsen’s for “Most Able to Make Nat King Cole Spit in His Grave” and the 24-way tie for “Most Overrated”, I’ll think of the Los Angeles Kings being the road warriors they are and smile.