LA Kings: Three Takeaways from This Short Losing Streak

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Darcy Kuemper
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Darcy Kuemper /
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 16: Darcy Kuemper /

The Defense Has Not Shown Up

The Kings have been outscored by quite a bit over the past three games. A team that usually defeats teams by wide margins, Los Angeles just has not looked the same lately. Granted it’s a small sample size, but worrisome nonetheless. The Kings have been outscored 13 goals to just 6 on this three game skid, even though Saturday’s game was a one point margin.

That means that they have essentially been blown out in the past two. And that couldn’t be more true, as they lost to New Jersey 5-1 and the Rangers beat them 4-2. While there a number of factors that go into these sort of losses, it’s worth noting Jonathan Quick’s struggles. Since the 12th when the losing started, the Kings have given up the third most goals in the league. And the other two high are some of the worst teams in the league.

The hope that Quick will easily bounce back seems easy with a bit of rest. After all, he is in the top seven goal tenders in the league. That’s amazing when you considered  how poor his last two games went.

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