The view from Denver

It’s starting to get repetitive, but the Kings have spent the past week playing teams on the fringes of the Western Conference playoff race, and for the most part, they’ve been taken to school. Phoenix and Calgary came into Staples Center and shut out the Kings. The Coyotes, faced with a devastating three-goal first-period deficit, rallied to win. Then, last night Colorado spanked the Kings. Granted, it was a back-to-back situation for the Kings, but that’s hardly a full explanation for being thoroughly outplayed. Recently, Darryl Sutter talked about the difficulty of sweeping a team in a season series. That’s true, but the Avalanche did it to the Kings, as they swept the four-game series — one win came in a shootout — and outscored the Kings by a combined margin of 12-5. For the Kings, getting one point in four games against the 11th-place team in the Western Conference is not exactly the road to the playoffs. Here’s how The Denver Post covered last night’s game…

Avalanche gets key victory over Los Angeles Kings, 4-1

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