Well, that could have gone a lot worse.
Our Los Angeles Kings are returning home to Staples Center for their Tuesday night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and they are in a lot better shape than some would have that they would be at this point in time.
The Kings embarked on their five game road trip just about a week ago and had four games staring them in the face. They first stopped in Buffalo where they would ultimately loose 3-2 in a shootout to the Sabres. Sure the end result was not exactly what the Kings wanted, they did escape the game with a point in the standings but they suffered a major lose on their roster.
During the Kings’ loss to the Sabres, starting goalie Jonathan Quick went down with a groin injury during the overtime period of that game. Quick was sent back to Los Angeles and a mild panic was sent through the Kings’ fandom. Then Matt Greene and Kyle Clifford were placed on long-term injured reserve, while Jarett Stoll was still out of the line-up.
Not too great a situation with three of four games remaining on your road trip.
However, the Kings are returning to Los Angeles on a three-game win streak, with a 14-6-1 record and just three points out of first place in the Pacific Division.
Ben Scrivens hit the ground running and won the final three games of the road trip. The Kings filled up the holes in the roster with some of their young guns from Manchester and they have been a breath of fresh air through the organization.
The Kings finished out the road trip with a 3-0-1 record, two of those wins via shutout against the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils and the third a come from behind win when they scored the three goals in the third period against the New York Islanders.
Now the Kings return home for their next three games, an important stretch of games being all three of the games are against Pacific Division opponents. Hopefully some of that road magic can transfer over onto the Kings’ home ice.