Postgame notes (2/21)

– The Kings are now 1-5-2 in their last eight home games and haven’t won a home game since Jan. 29 against Chicago. The Kings start a five-game road trip Tuesday in Minnesota.

– The Kings were outshot 33-29 and have been outshot 104-87 in their last three games.

– The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. They gave up a late shorthanded goal, with their net empty.

– Jonathan Quick started in goal after giving way to G Erik Ersberg in Thursday’s loss to San Jose. Quick, who has been one of the top rookie goalies in the NHL this season, stopped 23 of 28 shots. The Kings had recorded 12 out of a possible 16 points in Quick’s previous eight starts.

– John Zeiler returned to the lineup, as part of the trickle-down from the two-game suspension handed to Denis Gauthier. Peter Harrold, who had been playing right wing of late, returned to defense and Zeiler returned to the lineup. The Kings had no healthy scratches in their lineup Saturday. Zeiler hadn’t played since Jan. 29. He played 7 minutes, 22 seconds and recorded four hits.

– Alexander Frolov scored a first-period goal. Frolov has scored goals in three of his last four games and four of his last seven games. Frolov has 25 goals and is on pace for 35, which would match the career high he scored in 2006-07. Frolov has already exceeded his goal total from last season (23). On the other hand, Frolov had a minus-4 rating Saturday.

– Matt Greene, Jack Johnson and Anze Kopitar had minus-3 ratings. Kyle Calder was plus-1.

– Anze Kopitar had an asist. Kopitar has three goals and four assists in his last four games.

– Patrick O’Sullivan had an assist. O’Sullivan has four assists in his last four games.

– Dustin Brown scored an unassisted goal in the second period. Brown has three goals and four assists in his last five games.

– Derek Armstrong scored a power-play goal in the final minute. Armstrong had not recorded a point in his previous 11 games.

– Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown tied for the team high with four shots on goal each. Jarret Stoll was credited with eight hits and the Kings were credited with 44 hits to Phoenix’s 31.

– Raitis Ivanans played his 200th NHL game.

– The Kings won 34 of 57 faceoffs (60 percent).

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  • john b

    What happened to comments already made!!

  • anthony

    What a terrible performance.
    I’m not gonna blame the coach here.
    It wasn’t his fault. The players stunk the whole Staples Center.
    But I am noticing things.
    For instance, Matt Greene is slowly turning into a disappoinment. First of all, he can’t carry the puck worth sh_t. On top of that, he causes a lot of giveaways. When you can’t carry the puck and you give it away constantly, – you’re considered a bad D-Man.

    I’m also beginning to notice that Quick goes down too early. Its becoming predictable. I hope he doesn’t think he’s Dominic Hasek. Because he’s not. But others are are just shooting the puck high, while Quick is flopping all over the ice like a wet fish.

    It sucks losing a game to a bad team coached by a piece of swine. I’m so depressed. If I were TM, I’d start a shouting match in the locker room. Players nned to wake up before they’re out of the playoff contention.
    The only thing I blame TM for is cancelling practice. The team looked slow and unmotivated.
    Bad move TM.

  • john b

    The Kings do not have the personel or the coaching to become an elite team.

    You might be able to over come sub par coaching if you have a number of phenomenel players but the Kings do not have that obviously. They have a number of exceptional players but those guys do not get the support needed to over come the more balanced teams.

    1. On defense they are slow and indecisive on the break out ( which is not all the defenses fault given the support).

    2 On offense the defensemen never or inconsistantly join the attack which takes away the skilled offensive players space to be effective.

    We have decent goaltending so now we have to give the forwards some support!

    Wake up Murray/Compon!!!

  • Jkwondachef

    The team is really flat. There is no sense of urgency with them. You can only blame the coach for so long. Coaches coach. Players Play. I just don’t see them playing with any sense of urgency to win any of these games. Now they can’t even win at home. First it was on the road. Now the issue is home games. What sucks is that I can see this team finishing 9th in the conference and then everyone saying how they should have won those games in late february. Good grief!

  • john b

    JK,

    I agree with every thing your saying but the coach has to be able to motivate his players. I love D Browns play but I have no idea what kind of leader he is in the locker room or on the bench. If he could do it we might not be talking about the coach at all.

    Lets hope they bounce back strong.

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