Devils out to continue run as Kings visit after brutal loss

Devils out to continue run as Kings visit after brutal loss

Both in the mix for a playoff spot, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are out to sharpen their consistency over the remainder of the season.While the Devils eye a third straight victory, th

Both in the mix for a playoff spot, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils are out to sharpen their consistency over the remainder of the season.While the Devils eye a third straight victory, the visiting Kings are trying to rebound from their worst defeat in nearly two years when the teams meet Thursday at Newark, N.J.Entering play Wednesday, Los Angeles was tied with St. Louis for the top wild-card spot in the Western Conference. However, the Kings followed back-to-back wins, including Saturday’s exhilarating 4-0 home win over surging Edmonton, with an embarrassing 7-0 road defeat against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.It was the club’s worst defeat since a 7-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Feb. 28, 2022.”We’re not going to play like that,” said interim Kings coach Jim Hiller, whose team failed to score even with 33 shots on goal against the Sabres.”We’ll figure it out. … We’ll get to the bottom of it, and we’ll correct it and get going again.”Making his fourth straight start, Los Angeles’ David Rittich allowed five goals on 17 shots through the first two periods Tuesday. Cam Talbot entered and yielded two goals on seven shots. Talbot is 0-7-3 with a 3.86 goals-against average over his last 10 starts.The Devils won 3-1 over the Seattle Kraken on Monday and followed with Tuesday’s comeback 4-2 victory at Nashville to post consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 3-5. The Devils trailed the Predators 2-1 after two periods then broke out in the third with two goals from Nico Hischier.New Jersey entered play Wednesday two points behind Detroit for the second and final wild-card position in the East.”We’re in these games,” said the Devils’ Timo Meier, who also scored in the third period Tuesday.

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