Los Angeles Kings: 5 Keys To Locking Up Home Ice in the First Round

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Los Angeles Kings: 5 Keys To Locking Up Home Ice in the First Round
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The Los Angeles Kings have been one of the more surprising teams of the year, and not in the way their fans would like. Despite being a heavy favorite to finally end the Sharks reign atop the Pacific Division and at one point in October being the number-1 team in the entire NHL, the Kings have struggled in a number of areas this season, which has led to them often times fighting to stay in the top 8 of the Western Conference.

The Kings now sit in a four-way tie for fourth in the West on 81 points, which would seem like a good place to be in, however they're only two points ahead of 9th place and a disappointing early summer. But that being said the Kings look like they'll be in the playoffs this spring for the second straight year and even have a shot at locking up a home ice advantage.

However in order for them to lock up this position they need to address a few flaws in their game. Here are 5 things the Los Angeles Kings need to do in order to seal down a quarter-final series that starts in their building.

 

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