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The All-Star break probably came at a perfect time for the Kings. This team needed a chance to reevaluate and it looks like that's underway with the moderately surprising placement of Mike Richards on waivers.
The Kings' relatively confounding season has them currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. They're just a point out of the wild card and most would assume they'll be there at the end of the season, but they're in a rough stretch now.
The Kings continue to do just enough to get through the regular season, but things are going to get more challenging with talented youngsters Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson out for an extended period.
The near-miraculous comeback against Nashville showed that when this team digs deep, they can still blow teams away. That game still ended in a loss for the champs, but finding a way to bottle whatever they had in the last two minutes of regulation would be useful (we've already seen it over an entire postseason once before).
The Kings have been their typical regular-season selves, with each step forward seemingly followed by a step back. But as everyone knows, this team just needs to reach the playoffs before starting the real damage.
After blowing a three-goal lead to Calgary and a pretty poor overall December, the Kings just don't look right. They still seem like a team that can turn it around at any time, but this club has struggled this year.
The Kings are among the worst road teams in the league and it's been showing lately with the club going 1-2-1 to start their five-game road swing which will mercifully end in St. Louis on Tuesday.
It's been a weird year in Los Angeles, and that's definitely also been true on the ice. The Kings have been a little too streaky, but recent regular seasons have been mostly underwhelming, anyway.
The Kings continue to struggle on the road, but their possession numbers have improved and Jonathan Quick has been a rock with a .929 save percentage this year.
The Kings have to figure out what's going wrong on the road as that's where their post-Cup season is hitting a snag. They're 1-4-3 away from Staples Center.
Preseason Power Rankings
The Kings shook off back-to-back opening losses, but haven't been great. There have been some flashes of what made them a champion, so you know they'll bounce back.
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