Why the Kings dominate at home

Updated: June 6, 2013, 11:47 AM ET
By Craig Custance

The fact that the Kings have been dominant at home during the playoffs is without question.

With their 3-1 win over the Blackhawks in Game 3 on Tuesday, the Kings improved to 8-0 in these playoffs at home, and have a chance to extend that streak in a pivotal Game 4 on Thursday night.

Getting the Kings to explain the reason for their home success is a little tougher, probably because they've been asked so often. On Wednesday, Darryl Sutter was asked again why his team is so successful at home.

"We've only played three games in this series. Give the other team credit," he said. "Our business is about the score. So I base it on performance, not score, more than anything. That way we stay in the right place all the time. You can play really well and lose. The questions are always, 'You didn't do this, you didn't do that, right?' Doesn't matter."

Yeah, that doesn't exactly clear anything up.

When asked a similar question on Wednesday, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick shed a little bit of light on why the Kings are perfect at home.

"We've kind of been forced to win at home just because we haven't played as well on the road," he said. "Shouldn't really matter whether you're home or away. You should approach the game the same way."

It's an honest answer that suggests that the Kings' success is the result of desperation more than anything else, but there are some outside the L.A. franchise with a different, deeper explanation.