Feb 15, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) center Jarret Stoll (28) center Trevor Lewis (22, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby (5) and defenseman Drew Doughty (8) celebrate a goal in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Playing More Like Kings

After last night’s game, Flames head coach Bob Hartley called attention to Trevor Lewis running into Calgary keeper Joey MacDonald. But Hartley didn’t take exception to the collision because of Lewis. Instead, Hartley called out his own team for not stepping up for their fallen goaltender. Be that as it may, a loss against the Los Angeles Kingshas gotten under someone’s skin when just last week, the theme for the defending champions was, “How the mighty have fallen.”

Feb 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (second from left) is congratulated by his teammates for scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not going to read too much into the last two games but at the beginning of the week, the Kings had 12 points and sitting in 14th in the West. After two days, they have 16 points and just a shade out of a playoff spot. As easy as it is to get impatient, most, including myself, thought the 20-game mark of the regular season was a good time to start separating the contenders from the pretenders so by that logic, the Kings have six more games to improve and they’re already in good shape.

Captain Dustin Brown snapped out of his funk as he scored for the first time in eight games while Colin Fraser and Trevor Lewis each picked up their first goals of the season during the Kings’ trip to Alberta. Jeff Carter continues to make noise as he scored his eight on Wednesday night and tipped in the game-winner in Edmonton on Tuesday and not one but two netminders are playing elite status at their position.

With all that said, it’s hard to believe that the Kings are missing key pieces to their blueline to injury. While the team misses Matt Greene, Willie Mitchell and Alec Martinez, they are managing quite fine without them and that is a testament to the team’s character and resiliency.

They were given a tall task to play back-to-back road games and all the Los Angeles Kings did was pick four out of a possible four points. When you do the math, that’s not pretty damn good, that’s perfect – and what more can you ask for from the reigning champs?

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