Although the Los Angeles Kings cruised through the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, their regular-season run was far from a cakewalk.
They're finding it tough sledding again, but they'll have a new face in the lineup as they continue a challenging five-game road trip Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Los Angeles (3-4-2) has had problems all over the ice during this trek, which began with a 7-4 loss to Anaheim. The Kings bounced back with a 4-2 victory in Columbus, but fell 3-0 against Nashville on Thursday despite getting 32 shots.
Star defenseman Drew Doughty was a minus-2, posting a negative rating for the third straight game. He ranks among the worst in the NHL at minus-8 on the season.
Doughty may have a new defensive partner after Los Angeles acquired defenseman Keaton Ellerby from Florida for a fifth-round draft pick Friday. Ellerby, the 10th overall pick in 2007, practiced alongside Doughty on Saturday.
"I think we complement each other well," Ellerby said. "Obviously...