Kings look to get back on track vs. Red Wings

Kings look to get back on track vs. Red Wings

The Los Angeles Kings have fallen into their first major rut of the season and the Detroit Red Wings don't figure to offer a helping hand when they visit on Thursday night.The Kings have not scored i

The Los Angeles Kings have fallen into their first major rut of the season and the Detroit Red Wings don’t figure to offer a helping hand when they visit on Thursday night.The Kings have not scored in their past five periods, plus an overtime, and they could drift into their longest losing streak of the season with another loss against Detroit.Los Angeles lost its third game in a row and was shut out for the first time this season on Tuesday night against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.Kings coach Todd McLellan shuffled his lines mid-game after the Kings fell behind 2-0, but the Maple Leafs packed in their defense and Los Angeles ultimately lost 3-0.”We’ll sit down (on Wednesday) and we’ll talk about whether we liked it or not,” McLellan said of the line changes. “I do think we played more assertively and faster in the second half of the game, but sometimes the score dictates what the opponent does.”Four weeks ago, the Kings looked like Stanley Cup front-runners after bolting to a 16-4-3 start, but then they lost three in a row.Los Angeles won four of its next five, but two of those wins came against the San Jose Sharks, who own the fewest wins in the NHL, and the other two came against the Calgary Flames and Seattle Kraken, who are also having down years.When the schedule ramped back up, the Kings lost back-to-back games to the Vegas Golden Knights and Edmonton Oilers last week before falling to Toronto.McLellan said one area that has regressed is the passing, especially against the Maple Leafs.”Very erratic, in boots, behind people, where we had to stop and restart and then get re-loaded,” he said.Detroit also watched its season take a turn in the past four weeks.The Red Wings were 14-7-3 after a 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 5, but have gone 4-9-1 since then with just two wins coming in regulation.

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