The fans and the Los Angeles Kings are not having a very good season at this point. There current record is 17-14. Once again the hopes of the fans are falling through the cracks and Kings tickets have really dropped in price. They are stuck in fourth place, one step from the basement of the Pacific division. That is not a Christmas present for the fans. However, there is a promise for the New Year. Starting fresh in 2012 there is still plenty of time left in the hockey season.
The last three games have been very close. So if they can figure out how to get over the top, there may be a chance to be a force at the end of the season and possibly seasons to come. On December 22, 2011 they hosted their next-door neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks. It was a close game and literally went down to the end. The Kings triumphed 3-2, when the game went to a shoot out. The defense did a stellar job. In overtime, they kept the Ducks off the board when they had a power play to their advantage. This had set them up nicely to take home the victory. It is always exciting when you buy King tickets and the games ends up coming down to an overtime shootout.
On December 23, 2011 they head into San Jose. They unfortunately lost another close game involving another shoot out. The final tally was 2-1. You would think that the Kings loved shootouts, as it was their 3rd game in a row that went to a shootout. It was another defensive battle. The only regulation scoring came during the 2nd period. So if you like defensive games the best, this was the game for you. In this game LA added to one of their worse stats this season. The haplessly skated to 14 straight games of two or fewer goals scored. So, they do not have a good balance between offense and defense.
The day after Christmas, Phoenix came to town. Don’t be surprised; it was another one goal game. However, this time the Kings scored four goals and raised the victory banner. It was close though, as the final was 4-3. One of the drawbacks of this game was the fact that the Coyotes are nursing a lot of injuries. Their goalie is on injured reserve along with a plethora of other players. However when all is said and done, a win is a win.
There are a few things they could do a little better to bring their record up. The need to get some better goaltending, better penalty killing performance and they need to drive toward the goal more, especially on a power play. These may seem like simple things however if they were done consistently they would most likely improve their record.
The next game for the Los Angeles Kings is a trip to the Windy City of Chicago Dec 28, 2011. They will need to be at the top of their game as Chicago is leading their division. It will be a great victory for them if they can pull a victory out of their hat. It will also be a boost Los Angeles Kings tickets sales and shoot up their confidence as they move into the New Year.