Author: James O'Brien

Los Angeles Kings v Florida Panthers

Kings’ collapse continues as Panthers pull away late


The Los Angeles Kings are well beyond the point of needing a “wake-up call” and could very well be in a full-blown crisis.

Marian Gaborik gave the Kings a 2-1 lead 2:19 into the third period on Thursday, yet they didn’t even earn a standings point. Instead, the Panthers scored two goals to win 3-2, giving Florida two straight wins and the Kings a third consecutive defeat.

Things get way uglier if you zoom out and check out the big picture for Los Angeles.

Since 2015 rolled around, the Kings only have three wins. Since Dec. 29, they’re 3-6-4.

They haven’t generated a single point in the first three games of a five-game road trip that continues in Tampa Bay on Saturday and ends in Columbus on Monday.

Yeah, there are a lot of bad ways to frame it beyond those meat-and-potatoes numbers:

The Kings are seated at 54 standings points in 51 games with more road contests than home games remaining (not great for a team that’s now 5-12-6 away from the Staples Center).

Check out this video of PHT’s Jason Brough and Mike Halford breaking down the Kings’ woes for more on the embattled defending champs:

Video: A rare fight for Nathan MacKinnon

Jonathan Ericsson, Nathan MacKinnon

Attribute to the rivalry at large or more personal beefs, but either way, Thursday saw a first as Colorado Avalanche sophomore star Nathan MacKinnon engaged in his first NHL fight.

It happened just 44 seconds in against Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. One can almost imagine Avalanche fans and execs holding their breath as the younger star seems to fight out of his weight class a bit:

Hey, as next wunderkind Connor McDavid would attest, sometimes even star players need to drop the mitts.

Video: Landeskog’s would-be 1-0 goal waved off

Boston Bruins v Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche have carried much of the early play against the Detroit Red Wings, but they haven’t been rewarded just yet.

It seemed like they did, however, when captain Gabriel Landeskog seemingly gave them a 1-0 lead. It was not to be, as officials waved it off, stating that a hand pass was involved:

Petr Mrazek ended up shutting out the Avalanche in a 3-0 win.

Patrick Roy also eventually admitted it was the right call: