Our boys are coming back to town after going 3-1-0 on a trip through Eastern Canada and Chicago. The Los Angeles Kings are returning to Staples Center after grabbing six of a total eight possible points. I’m sure the Kings and us fans would have loved eight points but six out of eight is nothing to complain about.
The Kings started their road trip in Montreal against one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams. The Kings made light work of the Canadiens and on the back of Martin Jones’ second consecutive shutout the Kings grabbed the 6-0 victory. The Kings also got goals from six different goal scorers that game so there was production aplenty.
After Montreal the Kings would move onto their back end of their first back-to-back series of the road trip. The Kings’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was not as easy as their game against the Canadiens but they were able to walk away with a 3-1 victory. Jones stopped 38 of 39 shots and Jeff Carter recorded a goal and an assist helping the Kings grab four points in two nights.
It was much of the same story for the Kings’ game against the Ottawa Senators. Jones continued his
stellar play, turning away 37 of 39 shots and the Kings got goals from four different skaters. The Kings jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in this one, scoring goals just 21 seconds and just over four minutes into the first period. The Kings added three more goals and went on to win 5-2.
From Toronto the Kings moved onto their final game of the trip and second game in as many days. It proved to be the Kings only loss, falling to the league leading Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-1. The Kings did not look like themselves early giving up three goals in the first period. It was the first time in 18-games that the Kings gave up a goal in the opening frame. Alec Martinez would score late in the game but it was too little too late.
The Kings now move on to a four-game home stand that will bring the Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars into town. This chunk of games will take us into the Christmas break and gives the Kings a chance to give themselves a little room in the Pacific Division standings.