The Los Angeles Kings did not end 2013 on a high note. They lost four consecutive games in regulation and all of them were to Western Conference opponents.
They now sit nine points back of the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division. There is no need to panic just yet, but there are a few things the Kings need to work on if they want to contend for a division title.
Look no further than their current losing streak where they've struggled offensively—scoring just six goals over four games—for an example of an area they need to be better in.
With that said, here are the Kings' five areas they must improve on in the second half of the season.