March 9, 2012 8:45 am

The Key Three: March 8

In the end, this 48-hour microcosm might end up being the perfect epitaph for the Kings’ season. On Tuesday, the Kings went to Nashville to face a Predators team that had — as Darryl Sutter put it — a home winning streak of Biblical proportions, and the Kings scored five goals on a goalie who hadn’t allowed more than two goals in his previous eight game. Then, the Kings went to Columbus, to face the last-place Blue Jackets. The Kings lost, and not because of any fluke. They deserved to lose, and these aren’t the type of losses that playoff teams suffer.

Instead of being excited and motivated to grab two points on the road, the Kings looked stale at the start of the game, and the Blue Jackets made them pay for it. Where were top players such as Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty? They were not impact players. Sutter shortened his bench in the second period, and basically rolled three lines, but the Blue Jackets scored the only goal of the period, and Sutter did more shuffling in the third period but the Kings couldn’t rally in the third period. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: March 8

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