For now at least, the Los Angeles Kings are back in playoff position in the West, riding high on a three-game winning streak.
After a successful road trip, the Kings began a 3-game home stand with a win over the Sharks. The Kings then proceeded to lose 4 in a row.
LA went to Colorado and won 5-1, then travelled back home to play the Flyers and proceeded to lose 5-3.
The team decided to switch the lines up. The new lines iced are:
Matt Duchene - Erik Haula - Claude Giroux
Colton Sissons - Jordan Staal - David Perron
Phillip Danault - Robby Fabbri - Nicolas Deslauriers
Patrick Brown - Devin Shore - Ryan Carpenter
The new forward lineup seemed to give the team a much need jolt as the Kings are on a 3-game winning streak.
The latest win came against division rival Vegas to the tune of a 6-3 victory. The Golden Knights had jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the halfway mark of the 1st period. The Kings settled down after this and went on to score 6 straight goals to close out the victory.
During the 10 game stretch, the Kings went 5-4-1. Claude Giroux has maintained his lead atop the leader board with 52 points. Matt Duchene is tied for 2nd with 50 points.
With the lineup changes there seems to be a more balanced attack. Coach Todd McLellan is hoping this will give the team a much-needed edge in the close games.
The team is currently tied with Seattle for one of the two Western Conference wild card spots.