It was the same-old story for the Kings' offense last time out, but another lackluster effort tonight could cost Los Angeles a hold on a playoff spot.
The Kings try to avoid a sixth loss in eight games this evening as they battle the Calgary Flames.
Los Angeles has struggled on offense all season, currently sitting last in the NHL with 120 goals. Those woes continued on Thursday in a 1-0 loss to Phoenix, the seventh time this season that the Kings were shutout. More importantly, it dropped them into a tie with the Coyotes for the final two playoff spots in the West with 65 points, just two more than the ninth-place Flames.
Though the Kings are just four points behind the Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division, they are only four points ahead of the 11th-place Stars in the West.
Los Angeles lost by a 1-0 margin for the second time in seven games and fourth time this season. It has lost three of four and five of seven, falling on Thursday despite 20 saves from Jonathan Quick.
"You have to score goals to win games and obviously we're not doing that right now," said Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar. "It's nothing new here, we've been doing this all season long."
Kings forward Jarret Stoll has been out since last Saturday with a lower-body injury, but could return tonight.
The Flames will hope to keep the Kings' offense in check again tonight after extending their point streak to seven games in a row on Thursday. Calgary is 4-0-3 in that span to get within two points of a playoff spot, tough it trails first-place Vancouver by 15 points in the Northwest Division.
"We had some chances in the third period and we're able to stick with it," said Iginla. "It's an important point to get here, but it would have been better to get both of them."
The Kings and Flames have split two meetings so far this year, with Calgary halting a four-game series losing streak with a 2-1 shootout at Los Angeles on Jan. 19. That win also ended the Flames' three-game slide in LA.