Kings Struggling to Score Goals in a Big Way

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Jan 25, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the Stadium Series hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsWhen it comes to the National Hockey League, most people know that the Western Conference has several high scoring teams.

In terms of the top 10 scoring teams in the NHL as of this writing, six of them are in the Western Conference. Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks (first with 189 goals), Anaheim (second with 182 goals), St. Louis Blues (third with 175 goals) all score goals in bunches, which has allowed them to be considered as a few of the best teams in the league this season.

If you are a team in the Western Conference who is struggling to score goals, it could prove to be costly in the end. One team that has had trouble putting the puck in the net all season long is the Los Angeles Kings.

Considering that the team has the likes of Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, one would think that this team would be able to put the puck in the net with some kind of regularity. In fact, this Kings' hockey team has been shutout in two of their last three games and in total, have been blanked five times this season.

The lack of goal scoring has played an important role in the team's struggles in their last four games. In those four games, the Kings are 1-3 and have lost important divisional games to the Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes.

In those four games, the Kings were outscored 8-2. When a team allows 8 goals in a four game span, said team should be able to come away with a few victories.

However, if you're the Los Angeles Kings, you lose three of those games because of an inability to score goals. In the four games combined, the Kings took 118 shots, which should show you that the team is definitely putting plenty of pucks on net but not finding the back of it.

It is the lack of finish that is hurting this club. Guys like Kopitar, Carter, Williams, Brown, and Stoll need to start stepping up and putting the puck in the net because if they do not, the spot they hold in the standings could continue to go down.

As of this writing, the Kings find themselves in sixth place in the Conference. With that said, however, the team is just three points ahead of the eighth place Vancouver Canucks and six points ahead of the ninth place Phoenix Coyotes.

There is no doubt that the Kings have the talent that is needed to score goals. Said talent just needs to step up and do it in order to keep the Kings competitive in the high-achieving Western Conference.  
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