A look at the Western Conference standings finds the Los Angeles Kings tied for 8th place, the last position in the playoffs and they are playing extremely dull hockey, not being terrible or good.
As of today (Dec. 22nd), the Kings are 17-17 SU and down -1.5 units for those making NHL picks. Los Angeles is so boring was like being forced to watch the “Christmas Story” on TNT Christmas Day for hours for the 10th straight year.
There dullness is further found in their goal differential, where they have scored 87 times and given up 84 goals. However, there is a beacon of light surrounding this team.
The Kings are still among the best in puck possession, an important metric which has elements of volume of shots taken and keeping in mind rebounds which lead to more opportunities to find the back of the net.
Los Angeles is still under the guidance of steady Darryl Sutter as head coach and this team has been known to play better as the season progresses. The Kings also possess a stellar defense and being No. 9 in fewest goals allowed is expected to only improve with time.
Finally, L.A. is in the Pacific Division, which is not a powerhouse and if they were to assemble a five or more game winning streak, they could be near the lead in no time.
Do not give up on Los Angeles, as they still have the right pieces and they could excel at any time.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com