From Dan Rosen of NHL.com comes an article about struggling teams: Who should be patient and who should panic? Let's take a look at what he says about the Los Angeles Kings.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
Time for: Panic
This was posted on Monday morning. Since then, we've won a game (convincingly!) but lost Alec Martinez.
Why: The champs are in a rut and don't seem to be able to find their way out. They are struggling to score and aren't playing well enough defensively to overcome it.
Okay, good start. So our problems are struggling to score, and not playing well defensively. Does defensively include goaltending? We'll see, I guess.
They're minus-9 in goal differential (22-31). Anze Kopitar and Kyle Clifford lead the team in scoring, but they have only six points each. Mike Richards has just one goal and Jeff Carter doesn't have an assist yet this season.
Should the Kings Be in Panic Mode? Analyzing the Analysis of Our "Rut"
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