Coming off of two much needed wins, the Kings look to close out November with a win and begin December in a good position.
With the all important shopping season and feasting passing us all, it’s now time to look into December. As of this post, the Los Angeles Kings are coming off of a big win against the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings will close the month tonight versus the Washington Capitals on the road. This will be their second bout of a four game road trip. Prior to puck drop against the Caps, LA holds a 4-8 record for the month of November, having their largest losing streak of the season thus far. Those numbers look even worse when considering how well the team did in October.
Fortunately, the 4-1 win over Detroit puts the Kings in a great situation to end November and begin December strong. After the Caps (outcome to be determined), Los Angeles continues their road trip in St. Louis to face the Blues and Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. In total, the team plays 13 games in the month. Five of those games are at home in Staples Center and eight are on the road. In that time, there will also be quite a few games against the Eastern Conference as well. Of the team’s 13 opponents, five of them currently sit within the top three of their respective divisions.
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The toughest opponents on the schedule includes a rematch with the Blues (4-2 loss at home in October), and the Vegas Golden Knights (4-2 loss earlier this month in Vegas). At the present moment, LA sits atop of the Pacific Division tied with the Golden Knights at 31 points, respectively. The Kings hold a 14-8-3-0 record and aren’t completely in a bad spot.
They definitely are the masters of their destiny and if the team can create more scoring opportunities, they have a chance to redeem themselves. The Kings have averaged 2.84 goals per game (19th in the League), but only allowed 2.28 goals per game. With Jonathan Quick in the net, defense is not a true issue for this team. Again, offense is key for this team to continue their division domination.