The Kings thrive five-on-five, having ranked third in the NHL with a 1.29 goals for/against ratio.
But, their special teams play must improve in the postseason if they hope to make a deep run.
The Kings ranked 27th in the NHL with a power play that operated at 15.1 percent, while their penalty kill ranked 11th (83.1 percent).
L.A. must work more effectively on the man advantage to create chances. This is especially true for the top unit of Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik, which on paper appear to be one of the most lethal lines in the league.
The penalty-killers must be aggressive, get in the shooting lanes to block shots and take chances offensively if the opportunity arises.
Sound special teams play, along with a consistently strong effort five-on-five, should allow the Kings to go deep in the playoffs.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.