The Kings left town Sunday for a five-game trip with a two-game losing streak and a scoreless streak that stretched for more than two contests. They begin their final lengthy trip of the season with a stop in Chicago on Monday night to face the league-leading Blackhawks. Chicago (24-3-3) haven’t played since losing Wednesday to the Ducks at the Honda Center. The Kings (17-12-2) lost Saturday to the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. After facing the Blackhawks, the Kings fly to Washington to visit the White House and to be honored Tuesday as the 2012 Stanley Cup champions by President Obama. Then it’s on to St. Louis, Minnesota, Dallas and Phoenix before returning home April 4.
Kings forward Jarret Stoll scored the team’s last goal, a third-period tally in a 3-2 victory last Tuesday over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings then were blanked Thursday by the Dallas Stars 2-0 and then Saturday by the Canucks 1-0.
“Every team has good goaltending,” Stoll said. “This league is all about that and low scoring games and 1-0, 3-2, whatever. Bottom line is we’ve got to be better to score goals and bear down more. It’s not like we’re not getting chances as a team. I think we are, but I think we can work for more chances, number one and number two, we can bear down when we get those chances.”