LOS ANGELES -- While it may not be time for the Red Wings to panic, it certainly should be time for them to sweat.
Under coach Ken Hitchcock, the St. Louis Blues have taken command of the Central Division and the Western Conference. The Blues have 98 points, six ahead of the Vancouver Canucks in the West and seven ahead of the Wings in the Central.
The Wings did not do themselves any favors Tuesday night, kicking off their West Coast trip with a 5-2 flop against the Los Angeles Kings.
You name it, they failed at it against a team fighting to get into the playoffs.
Power play? The Wings were 0-for-3, including generating nothing in 34 seconds of a 5-on-3. Plus, they gave up a shorthanded goal to Anze Kopitar in the first period
Penalty kill? The Wings killed off only one of two Kings' power plays.
Even strength? The Kings out-scored the Wings 3-2 if you include the empty-net goal that Jeff Carter scored with 20.1 seconds left.
"We need the points just as bad as anyone else," ...