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Wednesday March 31, 2010 12:55 am

Kings court crumbling quickly




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL, Playoffs,

Anze KopitarThe Los Angeles Kings’ freefall continues. They dropped their fourth straight game on Monday; third straight in regulation, losing to Minnesota 3-2. The last time they got a point was a 4-3 shootout loss to Colorado. Since the Olympic break, the Kings are 5-7-2, which has seriously hurt their playoff positioning and with seven games left in the regular season, some are beginning to wonder if they’ll be able to hold on to their playoff spot.

Jonathan Quick has been responsible for all three losses, giving up 10 goals on 75 shots for a measly .867 save percentage. His season average has fallen to .907. In front of him, only center man Anze Kopitar has been able to put together a season to boast with 33 goals and 76 points. Ryan Smyth and Drew Doughty have been able to combine for only 101 points, including 37 goals. The Kings also have 10 players on the bad side of zero on the plus-minus chart, including Jack Johnson who is a team-worst minus-19.

The Kings are slowly losing ground in the Western Conference. They’re just one point ahead of eighth-seed Colorado, while Calgary is trying to get into the playoff picture and are now just five back of Los Angeles. The good news for them is that Calgary hasn’t been very Flame-y lately either, but Detroit has taken full advantage of the opportunity. The Kings have only managed to score four goals in their last three games, and are looking for any way to get the puck in the net; just not their own.

Perhaps the worst part for Los Angeles is not that they’ve given up sixth place to Detroit, it’s that if they’re now facing a first round series against Chicago instead of Vancouver. If they trade spots with Colorado, they’ll have to make their way down the road to San Jose, who will likely finish with the second-most points in the NHL behind Washington. The Kings need to stop the bleeding now, but with their next two games against Nashville and Vancouver, maybe you shouldn’t hold your breath.

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