LOS ANGELES — Where do we begin?
The Kings came home to their 22nd consecutive sellout crowd Thursday night at Staples Center but all they could provide were plenty of reasons to cringe.
They lost their third straight game, 3-0, and first in regulation against the Edmonton Oilers in their last 11 meetings.
The offense, considered to be the most upgraded feature of the team, has now been shutout in two straight home games and has a grand total of one goal in the last three at Staples Center, and that came off the stick of a defenseman.
They mustered three shots on goal in the first period, when the game was still for the taking, before eventually getting out-shot, 27-19.
The top line of Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Simon Gagne combined for one shot on net and a minus-4 rating.
Just to add another pin prick, the Oilers took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period when a pass from Ryan Smyth went off the stick of Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, off the shoulder of goalie Jonathan Quick and across the goal line.
Smyth played for the Kings the last two seasons before requesting a trade back to Edmonton, where he spent the first 11 games of his career. His goal was the 361st goal of his career.
Six minutes later, Edmonton’s fourth line scored against the Kings’ first for a 2-0 lead, Lennart Petrell's tallying the first goal of his career. The Kings couldn’t even get a break from the referees, as Petrell appeared to interfere with Quick on the play.
More to come from the locker room.