The beginning of the 2015-16 NHL season was alarming for the Los Angeles Kings, but they’ve quickly turned things around to find themselves at .500 heading into the third weekend.
The Kings started 0-3 after some ugly losses that included not many goals scored and plenty of goals given up. The Kings lost 5-1 in the season opener, lost 4-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes two nights later and were shutout against the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 after that. After regrouping, the Kings had their first victory of the season over the Minnesota Wild, defeated the Colorado Avalanche by the same score (2-1) and extended the winning streak to three with a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.
This weekend, the Kings have two games starting on Friday night, October 23rd against the Carolina Hurricanes and on Sunday, October 25th against the Edmonton Oilers. On the secondary market, Kings tickets for Friday night’s home game have a cheaper average ticket price compared to the game in Edmonton. For entrance into the Staples Center, the average ticket price is $67.95 with a get-in price of $18 while the average ticket price for Sunday is $105.35 with a get-in price of also $18.
With a cheap get-in price diehard Kings fans can plan a trip to the west coast with Hipmunk.com, booking Los Angeles flights for this weekend’s game. Create the most convenient trip by using Hipmunk to book hotels near the Staples Center to be constantly surrounded by the action.
Los Angeles has different expectations than what fans have been used to recently after winning two Stanley Cup championships in the past four seasons. After a tumultuous offseason that saw the franchise go in another direction with the roster, the Kings play each and every night and are creating a new identity on the fly. Last season was the first time the Kings missed the postseason under head coach Darryl Sutter.
One thing that was expected is center Jeff Carter leading the team in points, totaling six through the first six games with two goals and four assists. Coming in second is Tyler Toffoli with four points followed by a three-way tie for third place on the team with two points by Dustin Brown, Milan Lucic and Drew Doughty. Marian Gaborik hasn’t quite found the scoring touch yet, only putting in one with no assists.