The Kings were the first eighth-seeded team to win the Stanley Cup, making a little NHL history last year. They were the first team to win the Cup without the benefit of home-ice advantage in any of their four playoff rounds. So far this season, they look more like a typical team in the playoffs, struggling to win away from home. They are 1-3 away from Staples Center going into Game 4 on Tuesday at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Kings right wing Justin Williams offered his opinions Monday on the differences between last spring and this one. “I think starts,” he said.” We didn’t let any team come at us. We went at them. There was no saying, ‘Let’s be ready for the first 10. They’re going to come at us.’ It was the other way. Push back. We had a lot of push back early in games and sustained it through the whole game. Certainly, playing in the Shark Tank is a tough place to play. We need to push back right away.”