Despite an impressive 4-1 road win Monday against the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings remain in big trouble because of the Stanley Cup hangover that has them languishing in 12th place in the Western Conference with a sub-.500 record as the season reaches the quarter pole.
Question is, is there enough time left for LA to turn it around and qualify for the playoffs? NHL Network analyst Craig Button, for one, doesn't like their chances at all.
"I think it's very slim right now. You can start off the way they have." Button said on NHL Tonight. "They snuck into the playoffs last year. I don't think they're going to do it this year."