Coach Darryl Sutter shuffled his lines, mixing and matching his players for Wednesday’s practice. Whether he sticks with it is anyone’s guess. He made some significant changes for last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 5-1 loss, but stayed with it for all of one shift. “We’re trying ‘Marty’ on left wing and would like Jeff at center during some practices to stay sharp,” Sutter said, referring to defenseman Alec Martinez and right wing Jeff Carter. “One line was a power-play line, so that’s what you can read into it.”
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.
Martin St. Louis scored two goals and skated circles around the flat-footed Kings during a 5-1 rout by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Slava Voynov scored the Kings’ only goal, which cut the Tampa Bay lead to 3-1 for an all-too-brief moment in the third period. Tampa Bay’s speed and skill was evident from the start, and the Kings couldn’t catch up. Here are three impressions about the end of the Kings’ three-game winning streak:
Here’s an interesting twist from the ever-flexible Darryl Sutter, thanks to our friends at NHL.com: http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=21471&navid=nhl:topheads
The Kings pulled out a 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, the first stop on a four-game trip. Dwight King scored a shorthanded goal late in the third period and Jeff Carter had the only goal in the shootout. The Kings won in overtime or a shootout for the third time in five games to start the season. Here are more impressions of another grinding victory for a team that excels in those types of games:
The Kings hit the road Thursday for a four-game trip that starts Friday in Raleigh, N.C., lugging some serious baggage after four games to start the season. Here’s the third of three things to watch during an eight-night trek to play the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators:
No team has won the Stanley Cup in October, but plenty of them have lost a chance to play for it with lackluster starts to the season. It’s only been four games, including two at Staples Center, but there are already some disturbing defensive numbers for the defensive-minded Kings. Take a look at some of their individual plus-minus defensive ratings. Matt Frattin and Jake Muzzin are each minus-5. Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll are each minus-3. No one on the roster is a plus. That’s a poor sign for the Kings, who pride themselves on suffocating the life out of opponents. Look for it to improve soon. If not, then coach expect Darryl Sutter to continue to tinker with his lineup and especially his line combinations.
The Kings hit the road Thursday for a four-game trip that starts Friday in Raleigh, N.C., lugging some serious baggage after four games to start the season. Here’s the first of three things to watch during an eight-night trek to play the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators:
The Kings’ scoring depth isn’t what it should be, or could be, or needs to be. You could gloss over it if this wasn’t a concern last season, and the season before, and the season before. It’s a pattern that’s been repeated again and again. The Kings have scored 11 goals in four games, less than three per game. Jeff Carter has scored four times and Dustin Brown twice. No one else has more than one. In fact, only four other players have scored. The best teams all have good scoring depth, the Kings aren’t there just yet.
The Kings built a three-goal lead, but lost it Wednesday to the Ottawa Senators. They established a rhythm and flow to their game, but they lost their way along with their edge. Then, with one fortunate bounce, the Kings salvaged a 4-3 overtime victory on Jeff Carter’s power-play goal 28 seconds into the extra period.
The Kings played their customary methodical game and pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory Thursday over the Minnesota Wild. Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter scored in regulation and Anze Kopitar and Carter had the only goals during a shootout. Jonathan Quick blanked the Wild in the final two periods plus overtime and the shootout. Stop if you’ve read any of this before. The Kings followed a similar game plan the last two seasons. Here’s a closer look at the Kings’ victory in their season-opening game in St. Paul, Minn.
The Kings opened the 2013-14 season pretty much the way they’ve played the last two regular seasons. They played a patient, tight-checking game and pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at St. Paul, Minn. Jeff Carter rallied the Kings with a third-period goal that tied the score at 2-all and then had the game-winner in the shootout.