Los Angeles Kings headed into the Sochi Olympics in terrible form having lost eight of their last ten game, but now the break is over, it's time for them to rebound.
Tonight acts as their first game since February 7th when they edged out the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 at home.
They will face the high flying Colorado Avalanche on the road at the Pepsi Center in what could act as a pivotal game in their season.
There was once a time when the Kings were in the hunt for the Pacific Division title in the Western Conference, but now they are 19 point of the top side Anaheim Ducks.
Goal scoring will need to improve for the Kings as they are scoring 2.25 goals per game average ranks ahead of only the Buffalo Sabres (1.82).
The Kings are top of the NHL with a 2.10 goals-against average and goaltender Jonathan Quick comes off a strong overall performance for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but he slumped in the weeks prior to the break, so he will need an NHL rebound.
"It's the stretch run. It's playoff-type hockey now," forward Justin Williams said in the Los Angeles Times. "We've dug ourselves a little bit of a hole and, fortunately for us, we're still in a playoff spot."