Why the Los Angeles Kings Shouldn’t Be Worried After Game 4 Loss

The Los Angeles Kings came up short in their bid to become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to sweep the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings missed a number of good scoring opportunities and what may make some fans nervous—if only slightly—is the fact that L.A. has been a streaky team in the 2013-14 postseason.

The Kings have lost back-to-back games numerous times in these playoffs. They lost three consecutive contests to both the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final was their only loss that's sandwiched between wins.

However, with that said, Kings fans should be confident their team will close out the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday. The Kings have the advantage of home ice, experience in this situation and, of course, that fact that they performed well in Game 4.


Home Ice and Experience

The Kings have been a consistent force at home, with the exception of the games versus New York, where they were outplayed but still managed to sneak away with two overtime wins.

They are 7-4 at the Staples Center in the playoffs, and the first five of those wins came in regulation by a combined score of 21-10. For most of the postseason, they have outworked their opponents physically and generated plenty of scoring chances. There is no reason they can’t do the same on Friday.

The Kings also have experience, having been in this situation just two years ago. The eighth-seeded Kings took a 3-0 lead in each of their four series en route to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. But, they lost Game 4 in three of the four rounds, including Game 4 of the Final against the New Jersey Devils.   

Although the Kings are a young team, the majority of the players who won the Stanley Cup in 2011-12 are still on this squad. They won’t feel any additional pressure or be thrown off...

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