As bad as the Jackets looked on Friday night—and have looked in four of their six losses on the season—the silver lining is that going into last night’s tilt at the Staples Center they had not lost two in a row on the season. That streak was put to the test, as the Kings had not lost at home in eight games at Staples (8-0-0) and possessed a perfect Penalty Killing record (31-for-31) on home ice. Not an encouraging sign for a Jackets team that sits last in the league on the man advantage.
Much like the Avalanche who have dismantled the Jackets twice on the young season, the Kings are a hard- and fast-skating team who basically owned the Jackets most of last season, including a combined 12-2 goals advantage in LA. Sounds like the end of the Jackets’ “not lost two in a row” streak, right? Think again.