Well, talk about surprising. The Los Angeles Kings haven't been playing the best hockey as of late, but they're still firmly in the playoff hunt. At 23-15, there's still time for the team to turn their fortunes around. Amid their dreadful streak, the team has decided to implement some big changes. The Kings have fired head coach Todd McLellan, with Jim Hiller serving as their coach for the rest of the year, per NHL.com.

“The LA Kings have relieved Todd McLellan of his duties and named Jim Hiller interim head coach for the remainder of the season, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.”

With the NHL All-Star Game right around the corner, the Kings felt like they needed to shake things up quickly. After a hot start to the season, the team has fallen on hard times. They went 3-5-2 in their last ten games, with losses to the Avalanche and the Blues. It has been a rough few weeks for the team, but they still somehow hold the top Wild Card spot.

Still, if things had continued in that way, the Kings will not have gone anywhere. If they want to be competitive in any form in the playoffs and maintain their spot, they needed to make a change. Now, they will have the All-Star break to prepare for the second half of the seasoon.