I don’t think anyone had forseen this, least of all any of their fans as the Los Angeles Kings, after that epic Stanley Cup run this past May and June where they could do no wrong, have played three games thus far in this NHL season and have not won any of them.
The Kings’ latest loss was an absolute heartbreaker as after leading 1-0 for much of the night, they gave up the tying goal with 4.7 seconds left in regulation and ended up losing in overtime in Edmonton, Alberta to the Oilers, 2-1, leaving the defending Stanley Cup champs at 0-2-1 in the young season.
Power plays are the biggest issue as L.A. failed on seven of them on Thursday, including one power play where their advantage was five-on-three. So far this season, they have had 18 power play opportunities and have not scored in any of them.
The Kings’ one point, earned for every overtime game (two points are awarded for a win), is tied with Calgary for second worst in the NHL. Only the Washington Capitals are worse as they are 0-3 and have no points.
Nobody is calling the Kings a “flash-in-the-pan” as of right now, but that’s only because the season is a week old.
With the schedule being a mere 48 games due to the lockout, if L.A. doesn’t start winning they will be, in the minds of many, not only a “flash-in-the-pan” but the proverbial one-year wonder; or in this case a two-month wonder as they barely got into the 2012 playoffs in the last week of the regular season as the eighth and last seed in the Western Conference.
The Kings’ next game is at Phoenix this Saturday to conclude their road trip, then they return home to Staples Center to face Vancouver on Monday night.
If this hockey team is still winless after that, then perhaps it would be time to panic a bit.