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Kings’ Williams: ‘We need to be killers on the road’

May 21, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings are just 1-3 on the road in the playoffs this year, with their lone victory coming in overtime.

Justin Williams says that’s not good enough.

“We’ve played better at home,” Williams told the LA Daily News. “We’ve got a good home record, but we can’t rest and be comfortable with just being a great home team.

“We need to be killers on the road.”

Williams is right about the first part of his statement.

The Kings are riding a 12-game win streak at Staples and finished the regular season with the NHL’s best home record (19-4-1). This series also marks the first time since 1992 that they’ve held home-ice advantage, so their dominant run at Staples is even more important.

But, what about those road games?

One of LA’s biggest problems away from Staples is the inability to generate offense. The Kings have only scored six goals in their four road games, and three of those came in the aforementioned OT victory over the Blues in Game 5 of the opening round.

To that, Williams says he and the rest of LA’s regular point producers need to step up.

“It’s going to take our best players, myself at the top of the list, to get more offense,” Williams said. “Plain and simple, your guys who produced during the year need to produce just as much, if not more, during the playoffs.”

Williams, along with team captain Dustin Brown, has just three points through nine postseason games.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    You can say the same about the Sharks. They play much better at home. If this is the case of only winning at home this series will be long and painful.

    Kings and Sharks need to kill on the road. Whoever can get that done, moves on.

    • sjsharks86 - May 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Uh, technically the Kings don’t since they have home ice advantage, they just need to keep winning at home to move on. I think the Sharks can steal one though, they’ve been the better team every game so far, and they’re getting better on putting pucks past Quickie.

      • dannymac17 - May 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        wow @ the better team every game. take off your homer glasses

  2. cweez2 - May 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    As long as his brain ain’t squirming like a toad.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Thats exactly why i said someone needs to win away. I think the sharks can steal game 5 in LA.

  4. kingsfan68 - May 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    You sharks fans are too much… one game has you believing you’ve won the cup already. .. game 3 could have gone either way. … so don’t count your cup before you’ve won 4… tough task against the champs. ..

    • blomfeld - May 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Stand Down friend ! …

      Sjsharksfan66 is “good people” and he knows what he’s talking about. In fact it’s a shame that he and his team are currently the enemy. However that’s how it is and IT will do absolutely nothing to deter us from complete and utter victory !

      JOY THROUGH VICTORY !!! … GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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