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Should fans be surprised by the slow start the Los Angeles Kings have had to the season?
The expectations for the defending Stanley Cup Champions were pretty high coming into this season, so yes, I guess fans should be surprised, but we have to remember this team did only win 40 regular-season games last year.
To use a very cliched phrase, Los Angeles just got hot at the right time, and they were able to ride that all the way to the Stanley Cup.
The goal-scoring problems that the Kings had throughout much of last season are certainly back. They are 0-for-23 on the power play so far this year, and they are only averaging two goals per game.
Los Angeles did finally score four goals Saturday night, but do not read too much into that, because they were playing against Phoenix.
It would not surprise me at all to see the Kings totally miss out on the playoffs this year.