Yesterday we talked about how the Kings have fallen into a bit of a rough patch, a time period where Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick and Matt Greene have all gone down with injuries. Moving forward the Kings have called up some youngsters from Manchester and will have to go into every game in the immediate future missing some major pieces to their puzzle.
Although injuries are never a good thing at anytime of the season, now may have been the best time for the Kings to need time to recoup. Over the Kings’ next five games, spanning over the next eight days, four of those games are against teams that have a record .500 or below.
The Kings finish out their current road trip with games against the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. In that group, the Rangers are the only team that has an even record at 9-9, the Islanders and Devils on the other hand are both below .500 at 7-9-3 and 6-7-5 respectively.
The Kings’ first game after their extended road trip should be their toughest game in their next five. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be in town and could prove to be a major test for a Kings team that seems to be dropping like flies. After the Lightning, the Devils will come to Los Angeles for the second match up against the Kings in just under a week.
Not taking anything away from Ben Scrivens or his abilities between the pipes, but if you were going into a series of games where your back up goalie has to put you in the position to win a game these would probably be the teams that you would want to face.
The Rangers and Devils are in the bottom ten of the league in goals scored a game, the Rangers come in at 24th with 2.28 and the Devils are 26th with 2.11. The Islanders are coming in with a little more fire power ranking 13th averaging 2.74 goals a game. So these aren’t offensive juggernauts we are talking about here, Scrivens and the Kings defense should be able to weather the storm.
Let’s see how this next stretch of hockey plays out, the Kings could come out of it in bad shape. But let’s hope the next couple of games shows the depth that the Kings have.