Seventy-one points. That’s all the Kings could muster in this just-concluded season, and that figures to weigh heavily on the minds of all in the organization during the offseason.
Other than the strike-shortened 2012-13 season, the points are the fewest the Kings have had since getting 71 in 2007-08. Moreover, they missed the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.
For a team that won Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014, to say that’s unacceptable to the franchise is putting it mildly.
Breaking down the season, here’s the skinny:
What went wrong
After the Kings made the playoffs cheap nhl jerseys
in 2017-18 under first-year coach John Stevens, there was cause for optimism, even though they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by Vegas.
But when they began this season 4-8-1, Stevens was fired. Team captain Anze Kopitar was somewhat astonished by the quick hook.
“I was a little bit surprised, yeah, because 13 games, it’s quite early,” he said.
The Kings won their last game under Stevens and two of their last three.
“So it caught me a little bit off-guard,” Kopitar said. “I can see why Blakey (GM Rob Blake) had to react. Was it too early?”