The Los Angeles Kings are returning home after a three-game road trip through the Eastern Conference. During the trip, the Kings took on some of the East’s top contenders in the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kings grabbed all six possible points by beating the Flyers 3-2, escaping Washington with a 5-4 shootout victory and outlasting the Penguins in a 3-2 win.
Going three for three on their latest trip away from Staples Center pushed their current winning streak to five-games and their winning streak while on the road to a franchise record tying eight-games.
The last time the Kings lost a road game was before the Olympic break on January 28th, against the Phoenix Coyotes. Since returning from the Olympic break the Kings have gone eight for eight on the road, with wins over the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, which brought the Kings to their latest flawless trip.
The Kings seem to have figured out what it takes to get things done away from Los Angeles, they now need to figure out how to transfer this success onto home ice where they haven’t been as dominant. Usually a team struggles on the road and prides themselves in their play on home ice. However, the Kings shouldn’t exactly be proud of their play in Los Angeles of late.
In their last ten games in front of their home town fans the Kings have gone 5-5-0, with two of those wins coming in extra time. Over that period of time the Kings have outscored their opponents by the narrow margin of 22-20, a stat that was saved thanks to that 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers a week ago.
The players know they need to perform better on home ice. When asked about the record tying win Drew Doughty commented on getting their success to carry over to home games. (via LAKingsInsider.com)
It’s huge. Being good on the road is a key thing to winning and especially when going into the playoffs. If you can get a few games on the road, that’s huge. But right now, we’re not very good at home. I think more of our focus is being better at home and winning games there.
We wont have to wait long to see if the Kings can figure out what it takes to win on home ice. Their next three games will be at Staples Center, starting with tomorrow night’s tilt against the Winnipeg Jets.