NHL Playoffs 2013: Should the Los Angeles Kings Be Worried Heading into Game 5?

There have been times during the 2013 NHL playoffs when the Los Angeles Kings looked very capable of defending their Stanley Cup championship. Yet at other times they’ve seemed closer to booking tee times than a trip to the next round.

After going down 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues in the first round, the Kings won six consecutive games, taking a 2-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks in their semifinal matchup.

However, they’ve since lost two in a row to the Sharks at HP Pavilion. Both losses were by a score of 2-1, with one of them coming in overtime. These results are identical to the Kings’ opening two playoff games in St. Louis.

The lack of offensive production may give Kings fans a reason to worry, but it’s certainly not time to hit the panic button.

Jonathan Quick continues to give the Kings a chance to win every game, regardless of the number of shots he faces. Through 10 playoff games the Conn Smythe Trophy winner has a .944 save percentage, 1.64 GAA and two shutouts.

Aside from Slava Voynov's misplay of the puck that led to the Sharks' first goal in Game 4, the L.A. defense has also been solid for much of the series and playoffs. Game 4 also saw this year's first playoff action for Matt Greene, who recorded four hits and a couple blocked shots in just over 14 minutes of ice time in his return from injury.

As for the struggling offense, changes could be coming in the form of some line adjustments for Game 5. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted the details from Kings practice on Wednesday.

Perhaps this shakeup will wake up some of the Kings’ stars who have yet to make a big impact in the playoffs.

The most notable is captain Dustin Brown, who’s managed just two goals and three points in 10 games. That said, Brown does lead the team in hits with 46. Together Brown, Trevor Lewis and Dwight King form a line that should be s...

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