The Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers are fighting for postseason spots in their respective conferences. If recent history is any indication, Los Angeles seems likely to come out of this next matchup in better shape.
The Kings seek their eighth consecutive victory over the Panthers on Thursday night in Sunrise, Fla.
Los Angeles (26-18-10) kept its hold on seventh place in the Western Conference with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, winning for the first time in three tries on its six-game road trip.
The Kings fell 1-0 to St. Louis on Friday and 2-1 to Carolina on Saturday. They've scored one or no goals five times over their last nine games, though they've managed to go 4-3-2 in that span.
Los Angeles is 15-0-1 when scoring at least three goals.
''Guys are really bearing down, and as a team we want to score more goals,'' said left wing Kyle Clifford, who scored Tuesday. ''Our goaltenders and our defensive game have really kept us in most games, and we just want to ...