Dustin Penner has been a special kind of terrible for the Los Angeles Kings over his last 27 games, which include six in the postseason.
Over the stretch, Penner has scored one goal and two assists, skating to a minus-8. That includes a 12-game scoreless streak to end the 2010-11 regular season, and his one assist in nine games this season for the Kings.
It's not just the stats. Consider:
• The expectations placed on Penner as a big deadline acquisition last season, with a considerable return going back to the Edmonton Oilers for him. (Defenseman Colten Teubert, a key part of the deal, could face Penner and the Kings for the first time on Thursday night.)
• The motivation that should have come from GM Dean Lombardi's "career crossroads comment to The Sporting News: "He can choose to use his athletic ability to either become a dominant power forward in the National Hockey League or be a dominant number four hitter for the El Cid Lounge in a men's softball league...