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The Kings are alive and well, of course. Seven consecutive wins have vaulted the champs back into playoff position. Just as they always seem to, they've found an extra gear and more than anything, Jonathan Quick has played a heck of a lot better.
The Kings might have flipped the switch. With five straight wins, they're knocking on the door for the West's final playoff spot. Heck, they could still finish in the top three in the Pacific as they're only three points out of second place now.
The Kings had another tough road trip, but ended it on a high note with wins at Tampa Bay and Columbus. They have a robust three-game homestand coming up, which could prove to be a crucial point in the Kings' season to date.
The Kings' struggles on the road might be one of the most disturbing trends in the NHL this season. The club is 5-10-6 away from Staples Center. Remember when this team won three Game 7s on the road last postseason?
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.
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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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