I think it is safe to say the Kings are rolling. The Kings beat the Calgary Flames last night and extended their winning streak to eight games. Over that span of hockey they have outscored opponents by a score of 25-13 and just keep on trucking.
However, they have put together this current run against some of the NHL’s weaker competition. During this streak the Kings have beat the Flames twice, and have grabbed wins against the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers, all teams that have records below .500.
On the other side of the Kings’ win-streak, there have been some convincing wins against some of the NHL’s hottest teams. The other four wins of this eight game streak came against the Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets, all teams that are currently trending up.
Now the question is, can the Kings extend this win streak on home ice during this next five-game home stand?
It will be a tall order with some of the league’s top teams coming through Los Angeles over that time. The Kings will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, will then welcome their Pacific Division rivals, the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes, and end their home stand with games against the Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers.
That shapes up to be five games in ten days, a possible 10 points total, four points against division rivals and the chance to make some Kings history if they can extend their streak to a club record nine-games.
This will be anything but an easy stretch of hockey for the Kings. The Panthers are the only team sporting a record below .500 on the upcoming Kings schedule. The rest of the teams coming into Staples Center are respective powerhouses in their Conferences and are jockeying for playoff positions.
The Kings could come out of this home stand with anywhere from 82 and 92 points. Depending on how the Ducks and San Jose Sharks perform over that time the Kings could close the gap in the standings and maybe even move into second place in the division.
But for any of that to happen the Kings have to do one thing first, just keep on winning.