For those teams on their way to the playoffs, April usually symbolizes nothing more than a preparation period for the upcoming playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings fit that bill.
In their six regular-season games this month, the Kings went 2-2-2. While the record may not be all that impressive, they did, in fairness, clinch third place in the Pacific in their first game of the month, shutting out the Phoenix Coyotes by a 4-0 score.
Following their clincher, they lost 2-1 battles in San Jose and Vancouver before falling the shootout in Calgary, but not before erasing a three-goal deficit. Martin Jones then posted his fourth shutout on the year the following in Edmonton but despite calling catch-up in their season finale, the Kings lost to the Ducks in the shootout on home ice.
In April, Anze Kopitar led the way with five goals while Marian Gaborik notched points in five of his team's six games, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists over that stretch.
As we all can safely agree on, though, April is more notorious for the postseason. So, while the Kings played decently during their final stretch of regular-season games, the team and their fans will elevate their intensity once the second season starts in just a few days.