The Key Three: Feb. 4

Present any NHL team with this scenario, and tell them to take it or leave it. Tell them they’re going to allow a total of only three goals in six periods while playing road games on back-to-back nights. Out of 30 coaches, 30 would take those odds. Well, maybe not Darryl Sutter these days, given that his team has the scoring ability of a Scrabble player with four “Z’’ tiles sitting in front of him. The Kings are well past the thought that they are simply “squeezing their sticks too tight,’’ as the well-worn cliche goes. This is a team that, since the end of the All-Star break, has scored one even-strength goal in nine periods. That’s an epidemic, and with every period, the pressure increases on Dean Lombardi to make a move in advance of the trade deadline. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: Feb. 4

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