LOS ANGELES — After an impressive victory over the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Staples Center on November 5, the Los Angeles Kings were riding high on a wave of excitement, energy and confidence.
Make that overconfidence.
Indeed, the Kings appeared to be very pleased and impressed with themselves on Saturday afternoon when they hosted the Nashville Predators, who are not exactly one of the best teams in the National Hockey League this season.
As original Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris might say…
Can you say “letdown?” I knew that you could!
The Predators badly outworked and outhustled the Kings throughout the game and took a 3-1 victory over the home team, which was riding a 6-0-2 streak going into the game.
But from the opening face-off, it was readily apparent that the Kings were flatter than the proverbial pancake. They lost virtually all the foot races and physical battles for loose pucks, were generally nowhere near the front of the Nashville net and often left Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to fend for himself.
To be sure, it was an abysmal effort by the Kings all the way around.
Despite the set back and to keep things in perspective, the Kings are still 6-1-2 in their last nine games, earning fourteen out of a possible eighteen points.
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