Deja Vu: Things to change tonight
It seems as if the Kings were left with a feeling of Deja Vu after
Thursday nights 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. In back to back
games on back to back nights the Los Angeles Kings skated 1-1 at the
end of 65 minutes of hockey to head into a shootout. In the shootout,
they lost to the San Jose Sharks a few nights ago 2-1 and then the
other night had the same exact score with the same exact repeat
performance and outcome, a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks (as I
Something has to give, right? What was once a very fine clicking
offense has turned into a bit of a problem. The offense has been
handcuffed over the past two games and now might be when the Kings
start to feel the loss of Justin Williams.
His return is needed, and fast. It should provide an instant spark
tonight to the forward lines. He steps back up into the top role, and
if Terry Murray is smart, he goes Frolov – Stoll – Brown as a second
unit to really try to ignite the players.
Jonathan Quick will start in net tonight and look for his 9th win of
the season. However, tonight is not about the goaltending, as it has
not seriously been an issue this season. Tonight is about the offense
and how it needs to step up and put more pucks in the net. Sure,
easier said then done, but this team is not a team that lacks offense,
so one goal games should be few and not something that happens often.
The fact that it happened on back to back nights is a bit of a shock.
Tonight, it should not be an issue.
Newly acquired Randy Jones is not ready to get his first action of
the season just yet, but Terry Murray has stated publically that it
should be sooner then later. Getting that 7th defensemen who has NHL
experience was key to this Kings team to obtain. It means that the kids
can continue to develop and it leaves Peter Harrold on the 4th line, a
place where he has been brilliant. So why try to fix what is not
broken? The Kings aren’t, and will stick with the game plan they
have. It’s good to see this Kings team of to a good start and it’s
great to feel a possible playoff presence come that time of the season.
I’ll be back with more after tonight. Go Kings Go!