Scouting the Playoff Race: Los Angeles Kings

The Vegas Golden Knights are in a fight to escape the final playoff spot with the Los Angeles Kings. How can they gain the upper hand?

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2. The Case Against the Los Angeles Kings

Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Laferriere, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Arthur Kaliyev
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While their penalty kill has been phenomenal, the power play has been underwhelming. The Los Angeles Kings convert 21.6% of their power play chances, which is pedestrian. This is something the Vegas Golden Knights know all too well, especially in their team history.

In fact, you can say the same about the Kings offensively as a unit (3.02 GF/G, 9.1 shooting percentage). Even on five-on-five, they need an additional forward or two to compete with the bigger teams. Los Angeles is smaller compared to teams like the Golden Knights or Edmonton Oilers, which can be problematic if the game becomes too physical. The average height for a Kings player is 73.1 inches. The Kings might have some bulk to make up for it (average weight is 201.9 lbs). However, there's some speed sacrificed along the way, making matters tougher.