Is it a Stanley Cup hangover? Because the Kings played 26 playoff games last season, including three Game 7s.
Is it the loss of Willie Mitchell and Slava Voynov on the back end? Because those two were vital parts of last year’s championship team.
Is it a reluctance to play the physical brand of hockey that’s brought the Kings so much success? Because that’s not an easy way to play.
Is it bad luck? Because the Kings have badly outshot their opponents in three of their recent defeats.
Whatever it is, Los Angeles enters tonight’s home game against the Blues with five losses out of six and a rather modest 15-11-6 record.