EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings came back from the Christmas break refreshed and with one thing left on their wish list: consistency.
The Kings have been dogged by stretches of poor play, having given up four or more goals eight times in the past 15 games.
That has left them on the edge of the Stanley Cup Playoff picture, and their attempt to straighten themselves out begins Saturday against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center.
"We want to get back into a more secure playoff spot," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We want to get into top-two in our division. It's not going to happen overnight. We want to win a lot of games in a row. So that's what we're looking to do -- get as many wins as we can here in these five-game segments we play. We want to win every one if we can, especially big games like tonight against San Jose, we need to get these wins because they're bigger than a normal two-point game."