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Brown: Homestand could be our biggest of the season

Jan 29, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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The Kings’ 1-0 victory over San Jose on Monday was only a brief respite. Their woes continued last night with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes.

After playing in an exhausting six contests in just nine days, the slumping Kings will return to Los Angeles. Unfortunately they won’t find much in the way of relief there.

They will get some desperately needed off days, but they also have a tough schedule ahead of them with matches against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Columbus. After that, the Olympic break will start, but they can’t afford to let their current plunge to extend that far.

“This home stand’s huge for us,” Kings captain Dustin Brown told LA Kings Insider. “You look at the standings, the Pacific Division, these next four games could be the biggest four games of the year.”

After going 1-5-1, the Kings have a narrow lead on third place in the Pacific Division. They have a six-point cushion in the battle for a postseason spot, but have participated in two more games than the top non-playoff team, the Coyotes.

Lately the Kings’ biggest problem has been their ability to score. They have managed to net just two goals in their last four contests. Overall, they’re in the bottom five in the league with 2.31 goals per game.

Still, Brown is confident that the Kings will be able to weather this storm together.

“It’s great when you’re scoring five goals a game, and everything’s easy and you’re winning games,” Brown said. “It’s times like these where we’re struggling to win games and we’re struggling to score goals that it’s important for us to believe in what we have here.”

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Wow, the next 4 games are going to be really hard for them. I mean, REALLY hard.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Before people start posting their “DB is a DB” comments, I am glad he’s focused on the game and on scoring. Dadoun writes that scoring has been a problem for the Kings “lately.” It’s pretty much been their problem all season. Talented, talented players, and an inability to get it into the net.

    I’ve seen games when they’ve had up to 40 SOG. Just can’t seem to get the damn puck in. Credit, though, to their opponents’ defense.

    Ultimately, though, defense wins the Cup, and LA is more than adequate when it comes to defense. Way more than adequate.


    • imleftcoast - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      If you score two goals in four games, defense is going to be important. 3 points from 8th place, and they are still winning the Cup? I’d prefer they not make changes and miss the playoffs, but talk about blind faith.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        You call it blind faith. I hope history repeats itself – 8th seed in 2012.

  3. joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Great opportunity to put some space between themselves and the Nucks. As for DB, it’s at times like this that captains need to make a differene. In the room, and on the ice. He’s not having a very good season by his standards, so he needs to step up his game down the stretch. They won’t make a deep run without his offensive input.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    DB is a DB.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      That’s funny, sjsharks66. Really. I laughed.

    • wtfkwp - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Says a fan of the team that went for Torres, knowing he’s a dirtbag.

  5. thailer35 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Wow, he actually sounds like a team captain! I’m impressed! Might we start to see the tide turn to a more mature DB all around?

    Everyone’s knees certainly hope so.

    Dang it! I was doing so well, but I couldn’t pass it up!

  6. jpelle82 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    2 goals in their last 4 games. i’m gonna go out on a limb and say they will need more than .5 goals per game against the next 4 opponents if they want to get any points out of it. in fact i think they will need more than their season average to beat any of these teams.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Just guessing you are a kings fan? So, says a fan who’s team slapped a C on a known dirtbag.

  8. blomfeld - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    In all seriousness, this next stretch is likely going to determine the season for us …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. charlieconway96 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I’m trying to remember the time period in which they were “scoring five goals a game”. Pretty sure Gretzky was still suiting up.

  10. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Important stretch of games? Well, I guess we can expect see DB getting those elbows up, knees out, and the stick high! Yes sir, Pat, DB is a DB.

  11. pirovash88 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Funny how many thumbs down you see on positive Kings posts, which means that certain fans from up North have nothing better to do with themselves.

  12. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Who says they are fans from up north? Personally I have not thumbed down or up any comment on here today. You act like the Kings and their fans are loved by everyone besides San Jose. Well news flash, the Blues, Coyotes and Canucks dislike you as well.

    • pirovash88 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks for proving my point. This thread has nothing to do with the Sharks, yet somehow you manage to be the first person to post on here.. Nice job, bro.

  13. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Oh and the Wild dislike you guys also.

  14. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Because I said the next four games for the Kings will be hard? Which they will be? Despite the Flyers lack of defense they have enough offense to make up for it. Especially with the sorry offense LA has right now ( sorry but it’s true ). I don’t think LA can keep up with the Penguins speed and offensive power. The CBJ are riding on all cylinders at the moment as well.

    Sorry BRO but this is Pro Hockey Talk not Only Comment On Your Teams Articles Talk. Plus the only reason I said Brown was a DB was because I was poking fun at another comment, which the author of the comment got right away.

    So that’s that BROOOO.

  15. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Why don’t you focus on talking about what you hope to see from your team, or even what your captain said. Instead you worry about what some Sharks “fans” said, or thumbed down on an article.

    • pirovash88 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Oh, the irony in that comment is quite hilarious..

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