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Might as well call the Kings the “road warriors”

May 14, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

Dwight King, Mike Richards AP

When you’re the eighth seed in the playoffs in either conference, being able to win on the road is something you must be able to do to move on. The Los Angeles Kings have found a way to not just be good at winning away from Staples Center, they’ve perfected it.

After taking out Phoenix in Game 1 last night, the Kings improved to 6-0 on the road in the playoffs. Mind you, the Kings have lost just once in the postseason as it is, a Game 4 loss to Vancouver in the first round, but with how L.A. is handling their business away from home you’d think their inspiration for winning was named Mad Max.

In their six road wins, the Kings are outscoring their home-ice advantaged opponents 22-10. It doesn’t take a math whiz to figure out scoring twice as many goals as your rival means you’re doing pretty darn well.

L.A. is averaging better than 3.5 goals per game and with how the playoffs have gone this year is usually more than cozy enough get you the win. Being able to put that many goals on the board against regular season stalwarts like Roberto Luongo, Brian Elliott and Mike Smith is impressive. Having Jonathan Quick on the Kings’ side to make it all stand up is why L.A. is making things look relatively simple.

  1. grillmarks - May 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Blomfield… I always look forward to your comments when a King’s article surfaces…

    • blomfeld - May 14, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      “may the excellent poster known as “grillmarks” soon find himself to be adrift upon a lake of expensive wine, whilst being pursued by schools of highly attractive woman !”

  2. oside760 - May 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    call em what you want. they’re the best. GO KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. malkinrulez - May 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Kings are impressive! Gotta love the NHL mid- season no one would have gave the kings a chance and now it looks like who could possibly beat them? Hope LA gets their cup

  4. namriverrat69 - May 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    They remind me of Roger Miller’s hit song from a long time ago “King(s) of the Road” Great song which crossed over from #1 country to #4 on pop charts in 1965. eeeeeeewwwww so long ago. Is anything relevant from 50 years ago? Check it out. Roger Miller was a classic. As a matter of fact, so are out Los Angeles Kings!! GO KINGS GO!!

  5. blomfeld - May 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM


    So apparently we “might” as well call the Kings the Road Warriors ? … what’s that supposed to mean ? Notwithstanding the fact that this is an accurate article, I don’t understand this hesitation on the part of Yerdon to give credit where credit is due ? What more can you ask of a team which is marching on relentlessly in pursuit of victory and the ultimate prize ? Home game, road game, it makes no difference … our Kings engage the opposition with equal vigor and zeal every time, regardless of the venue … and we carry the day every time ! Yesterday we had those hurtful remarks from O’Brien, who was poking fun at Quick’s miscue on that long shot from center ice … and now today we have Yerdon weighing in with undue truculence ? It’s a shame really, as I’m now starting to detect a definite “anti” Kings tone here at this website …

    ps friends: we Kings fans love our team and nothing PHT says can ever change that !

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