Kings coach Darryl Sutter is concerned. Of course he’s concerned. He’s just not about to let the Kings’ malfunctioning power play keep him up late at night. The Kings went 0 for 13 with the man-advantage during their four-game trip. Sutter said the numbers weren’t troubling, but the timing was poor. A power-play goal, or two, or three could have changed the momentum in several games, especially during their 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Said Sutter: “You’ve got to score big goals, that’s all. The top power play (in the NHL) has seven or eight goals and we’ve got five or six. We’ve had a chance, even in the game in Tampa, the game we lost, power play scores a goal … we got the short end of it. We thought we scored to make it 2-1.
“There’s times where our power play could have tied it up and we gave up a bad goal. Your power play has to score big goals. You know how I feel about the percentages. Quite honest, that’s just for guys who don’t watch the games. It’s very simple. Your power play scores a big goal, it gives you momentum or puts you over the top. It’s just like the penalty kill. It gets you a big kill at some point in the game, it’s more important than the stat.”
Asked if he’s seeing any significant breakdowns, Sutter said, “No. I think. (Jeff) Carter leads our team in shots. Put the puck on his stick as much as you can. We’re doing that. Kopi (Anze Kopitar) and Drew (Doughty) press a little too much on it.”
Sutter shrugged. Clearly, he’s not overly concerned.