Halfway through a season that has been full of difficult moments, the Los Angeles Kings like where they are at the moment.
The Kings will continue a six-game homestand Saturday when they look to defeat the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets for the fifth straight meeting.
Los Angeles (20-14-7) is within the Western Conference's top eight despite averaging a league-worst 2.07 goals. The Kings fired Terry Murray on Dec. 12, but are 5-0-3 since Darryl Sutter made his debut as coach Dec. 22.
Sutter believes that Los Angeles is in good shape heading into the second half of the campaign after Thursday's 1-0 overtime victory over Phoenix on Drew Doughty's goal.
"The real math is that tonight was game 41 and that means halfway," Sutter said. "You can sort of see what the numbers would be to be a playoff team based on if that holds true. Whoever is in eighth tonight, whatever that is and what the next number is going to be, so it has to be your goal."
While goals have been hard to come by, the...