As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its pursuit for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2018-19, along with three secrets into its off season, impact prospects for 2019 20 and a way-too-early prediction on which 2019 20 will hold.
After the first 26 games of the season, the la Kings proved ostensibly cooked, with a 9-16-1 record. Included in that span: a six-game losing streak and the shooting of trainer John Stevens just 13 games into the campaign, with Willie Desjardins substituting him on an interim basis. They had generated 2.11 goals each match at some period when crime was booming. Goalie Jonathan Quick, who has served as a buffer buster at the past, only played five games from opening night by Nov. 29 as a result of injury.
Because the Kings’ season limps into the finish line, they’re the most offensive team in Baseball and at the bottom 20 defensively. Anze Kopitar regressed hard, following his 92-point Hart Trophy finalist season with the second smallest points per game average of his livelihood. Drew Doughty might wind up getting some plus/minus below minus-30, undoubtedly the worst of his livelihood. Jeff Carter‘s return from injury saw him generate the worst goal-scoring season an average of in his livelihood.
Name it, and it probably failed to the Kings.