The Los Angeles Kings carried a 3 game winning streak into their 4 game road trip last week and were able to build on that streak adding 3 more wins. The Kings have played some of their best hockey as of late and have climbed up the standings in the Pacific Division. The Kings currently sit in 2nd, three points behind the Anaheim Ducks. The winning formula as of late for this Kings team has been great goaltending and playing some of the stingiest defense in the league.
In the first three games of this road trip the Kings gave up a total of 3 goals and scored a total of 14 goals. The scoring outburst was a bit of a surprise as they even shut out the Montreal Canadians 6 to 0. The Kings did many things well on this road trip, but were unable to stretch their win streak to 7 as they lost their final game to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Los Angeles went 3 and 1 on this road trip and was able to jump from 3rd place in the Pacific Division to 2nd. The Kings pulled off wins against the Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. Everyone played well on this road trip, but the few that stood out above the others were Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and rookie goaltender Martin Jones. Carter scored a goal in 2 of the 3 wins for the Kings and is now back to his old self after returning from IR just a few weeks ago. Anze Kopitar kept his constant good play going as he had 3 goals on this road trip and leads the team in both goals and points. When Kopitar is at the top of his game everyone else on the team plays better and this Kings team is tough to beat. Anze continues to show that he is one of the best centers in all of the NHL.
The Kings scored goals in bunches on this road trip and also conceded very little goals. The revelation and reason behind this was rookie goaltender Martin Jones. Jones was just called up a few weeks ago to be Ben Scrivens backup after star goaltender Jonathan Quick went down with an injury. Jones had his first start against the Anaheim Ducks and came away with a shootout win. Coach Darryl Sutter decided to go with Jones the next 4 games and the Kings won all 4 games. Jones is allowing an average of less than one goal per game and has 2 shutouts. Both Jones and Ben Scrivens have been playing masterful as of late and that has made the Kings one of the toughest teams to beat in all of the NHL. The Kings are now back home for 4 games, the first being tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.