What’s going on with the Kings’ power play?

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.


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