The LA Kings fell to the Islanders on Saturday night, making it three straight losses in a row. Los Angeles had previously won 8 straight before this road trip.
The LA Kings had a tremendous start to December, crushing St Louis en route to a five win start to the month. They went on to defeat some of the best and worst teams in the league, but have stumbled since then. After scoring a game tying goal late in the third period, the Kings were beaten by an overtime goal.
This win wouldn’t be entirely crushing if not for the lead Los Angeles had gained early on. The Kings scored early and often, putting up a 2-0 deficit for New York in the first period. The Islanders then went on to score three unanswered against Darcy Kuemper.
The team has truly struggled over this short road trip, and there are a few reasons as to why. That being said, let’s take a look back at what we have learned from the road trip thus far.