If you don’t know that the Kings are playing the Rangers and Penguins next week, well, clearly you aren’t watching the TV broadcast of tonight’s game.
The Kings are VERY sensitive these days about attendance figures — they’re not good, although the Ducks’ are worse, considering that the Ducks are Cup contenders — and it struck me that this broadcast is turning into a two-and-a-half-hour infomercial for selling tickets to upcoming home games. We have Bob Miller, a Hall of Fame play-by-play guy, and Jim Fox, selected by Sports Illustrated as the best color analyst in the NHL, and during almost every break in the action, they’re being made to hype upcoming games instead of analyze the one they’re watching.
I just went back through the last hour of the game on my DVR and we had four promos for the upcoming games, in addition to three “crawls” across the top of the screen about the family-pack thing.
Thoughts on this game…the Kings have no finishers. They’re generating chances by the boatload but there is nobody who can finish plays. Guys such as Cammalleri, Frolov, Conroy, Kopitar, O’Sullivan, Blake and Visnovsky are supposed to fill those roles, but — except for Cammalleri — where are they? It’s a confidence thing, but it’s also a chicken-egg thing. Is the confidence not there because the pucks aren’t going in, or are the pucks not going in because the confidence isn’t there? Kopitar has a wide-open net but commits a 1-out-of-100 flub and the Jackets get a breakaway goal at the other end. That’s just how it’s going these days…