At 17-11-7, the defending Stanley Cup champions are in fourth place in the Pacific Division. The Kings, who lost 4-3 in overtime to the Calgary Flames on Monday, resume their season Saturday following the holiday break against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA, SN).
"We are in the playoff picture right now, which is where we want to be," Kopitar said. "But at the same time we certainly realize that we haven't played our best hockey yet. We're still right there in the mix, that's encouraging. We're going to work on our game and try and get better."