The Kings are going to make this difficult again.

Just like last year.

The Kings' magical season that resulted in the franchise's first Stanley Cup was an exercise in offensive futility during the regular season. The bling bling of those Tiffany championship rings makes it difficult to remember that pesky problem that plagued the Kings all regular season.

The Kings caught fire and stormed through the postseason.

With nearly everyone back, you'd think the Kings' would score goals more frequently, but the offensive doldrums have returned.

On Thursday, the Kings held the Predators to 11 shots on goal in regulation. The Kings had 22 over the same period, and yet somehow, the Kings lost 2-1 in a shootout at Staples Center.

Facing a nearly month-long February trip, the Kings have to reverse their fortunes.

"You could look at it either way, we get a lot of our road games out of the way," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "It's more important to recognize the schedule and more important to take care of yourself off the ice. With our travel schedule, that's probably the most important thing."

The Kings are 24th in the NHL in goals scored and last in the NHL on the power play, although Brown scored on the power play off a rebound in the first period Thursday. The Kings didn't score again in regulation.