They came close, but the Kings couldn’t find the net Sunday afternoon, getting shutout for the fourth time this season in their 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
For the Kings, it was their first regulation loss in regular season visits to New Jersey since February 2, 2008, a span of six games; and for the Devils, it was goaltender Keith Kinkaid’s first career NHL shutout.
Jhonas Enroth got the call in net for the second time in three games, and played solid, making 17 saves, getting beat only by a David Schlemko shot that deflected off of traffic in front of the Kings’ net five minutes into the game on the Devils’ first power play of the afternoon.
The Kings outshot the Devils in each period of play, 28-18 overall, and were haunted by a few posts, including Trevor Lewis' bid during the final minute of the game.
With the loss, the Kings are now 2-2-0 on their current road trip.
Jake Muzzin led all Kings players in shots taken (5), Dustin Brown in hits delivered (5), Brayden McNabb in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (28:47. Jhonas Enroth made 17 saves in the loss.
The Kings will continue their season-long seven-game road trip Tuesday evening when they take on the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 4:00 PM PST.