The Los Angeles Kings piddled through the first one-sixth of this abbreviated season, leaving fans to wonder just how interested they are in defending their Stanley Cup.
They looked like a mess during their 7-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. They allowed two (Jonathan) Quick goals necessitating a change in the net. Alas, things did not improve on Jonathan Bernier’s watch. The Kings made one defensive blunder after another to facilitate the Ducks' route.
The Kings (2-3-2) sank to 14th place in the Western Conference. Only the aging Calgary Flames have earned fewer points this season.
What’s wrong with these guys?
“We’ve let ourselves down and shot ourselves in the foot by poor defensive play,” winger Justin Williams told the LA Kings Insider. “Right at the start of the game – for whatever reason we’ve been having tough times starting games – we’ve been getting behind early and trying to battle back. Once we do get back, we seem to just relax a little bit. We’re a much better team than we’re showing, and it’s extremely disappointing at this point to see where we are.”
Team captain Dustin Brown offered a more blunt assessment of his team’s play against the Ducks.
“I think we should use this game as a wake up call,” he said. “We got our asses kicked. We’ve got to use that as motivation now to be better.”
Los Angeles heads out on the road to face Columbus, Nashville, Detroit and St. Louis, so things won’t get any easier for the Kings.