by PuckStopsHere on 05/24/13 at 11:40 PM ET
The Los Angeles Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions. They had a strong playoff run with a 16-4 record en route to the Stanley Cup. This year they are trying to repeat but it is a tough road. They are currently up three games to two against the San Jose Sharks. They have a 7-4 record overall in the playoffs this year. In order to match last season, they have to go undefeated through the rest of the playoffs. That is an unlikely result. To be fair their Stanley Cup run was also an unlikely result and one they are very unlikely to repeat.
The biggest change between the 2012 Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs and the 2013 Kings is offence. The 2012 Kings had one and the 2013 Kings don't. The 2012 Kings had the third best goals per game in the playoffs at 2.85. They were behind Pittsburgh and Philadelphia who played a defenceless with 56 total goals in their six game first round series. The 2013 Kings have lost almost a goal per game. Their 2.09 goals per game is the lowest of all the teams that remain in the playoffs.
The Kings goals against remains about the same. Jonathan Quick is having another very good playoff. In 2012 he posted a .946 saves percentage and a 1.41 GAA. This season he has a .948 saves percentage and a 1.50 GAA. This is largely unchanged.
One way to see the Kings offensive issues in the 2013 playoffs is to look at their goal scorers. Only two players have more than two goals so far in the playoffs. They are Jeff Carter and defenceman Slava Voynov. In 2012, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown were the Kings two highest scorers and they haven't been able to match their performances this year.
Los Angeles may have dominated in the 2013 playoffs but there are many reasons to argue that they were not actually that good a team. They barely qualified for the playoffs. Matching their 2012 record will be nearly impossible. The main reason they have not been able to do it so far is offence. Los Angeles has had a weak offence in the 2013 playoffs. That is holding them back.
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