The Los Angeles Kings may not win very often, but they’re still piling up enough points to remain in playoff contention in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles looks to extend its unbeaten streak to three games when it meets the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the second time in five days.
The Kings have just four wins in their last 20 contests, but they’ve been able to pick up at least one point in 16 of those games by playing to a tie 10 times and losing in overtime twice.
Los Angeles beat Anaheim 4-2 at home Saturday, then skated to a 2-2 tie with the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Monday.
The Kings came back from a 2-0 deficit against Minnesota, tying the game on Luc Robitaille’s power-play goal at 17:56 of the second period.
The draw helped Los Angeles remain one point back in the race for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Robitaille, an 18-year veteran in his third stint with the Kings, has scored in each of his last three games and has a point in all five since coach Andy Murray benched the eight-time All-Star for two games.
“It has nothing to do with that,” Robitaille said of his recent scoring binge. “I was pretty fired up before that. I might have scored in those two games, too, if I played.
“I was disappointed. But as a person, you’ve got to respond—and I wasn’t going to respond in a negative way. Besides, this is the biggest time of the year for us and this is the time we all have to pick up our game. I’ve been feeling really good, and I’ve been ready.”
Anaheim hasn’t played since losing Saturday to Los Angeles.
The Ducks had a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month, but the Kings outscored them 3-0 in the second period to take the lead.
“I was a little too aggressive,” Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. “I’ve got to be standing still. Sometimes you have a tendency to get too aggressive when things don’t go your way, but that’s not my game. My game is to be patient and be at the right place at the right time.”