The Los Angeles Kings have been an up-and-down team so far this season, falling to 14-12-2 after the Buffalo Sabres blew them out 6-3 on Tuesday.
Jeff Carter isn’t very happy with this “one step forward, two steps back”-type pattern.
“You don’t make playoffs winning at home and then going on the road and [expletive] the bed,” Carter said, according to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times. ” … We’re fragile. We’re a fragile team.”
Wow, Jeff, could you get to the point? Always beating around the bush, that Jeff Carter.
Carter scored a goal in each of the second and third period, standing out as Buffalo rattled off four goals in the second and two in the final frame. It’s no shock that Anze Kopitar didn’t seem too focused on finally getting a goal after this one.
Anyway, it’s possible that the Kings could use this sort of jolt. This game begins what could be a withering nine-game road trip for the Kings:
Dec. 15: at Red Wings
Dec. 16: at Penguins
Dec. 18: at Bruins
Dec. 20: at Blue Jackets
Dec. 22: at Predators
Dec. 23: at Stars
Dec. 28: at Canucks
Dec. 29: at Oilers
That includes three back-to-back sets and some serious opponents, so the Kings can’t afford to … you know, blank the bed.