While the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have proven they are the fast, tough, relentless local hockey team with young stars on the rise, the Los Angeles Kings are in freefall. Hardcore fans lashed out at a breakfast for season ticket holders the morning after a painful rout by the Ducks a week ago, and since then the listless Kings have slid into a six-game losing streak and seem likely to miss the playoffs yet again. The Ducks came within a single win of hefting the Stanley Cup since the Kings made their last brief playoff appearance. Always more Clippers than Lakers, maybe the Kings' flaw isn't just that their players are small, two steps slower than the good teams, easily pushed around, injury prone and look to have quit on the coach (again.) Or that the GM and owner appear satisfied with fiscally sound averageness, so long as Staples Center is nearly full. Perhaps the real outrage is that they let team legend Luc Robitaille wear socks with sandals.
* 7 and 7: They give up seven goals to one of the league's worst teams (Columbus) Wednesday night to reach seven straight losses.
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