Red hot Kings have fire burn out
What a start to this fantastic 2009-2010 NHL seaosn it has been for
the Los Angeles Kings. Although yesterday’s game against Nashville was
not the turn out expected by the club (and of course the fans) and
currently the Kings are 6-2-2 over the last 10 games played and as of
today sit in fourth place in the Conference with at 10-5-2 record.
Five games above the .500 mark for this time of year (heading to the
quarter-year mark) is an incredible start to this young season.
Jonathan Quick is proving his value to this club, even with yesterdays
loss, we all understand that you can not win every game. Quick, who is
10-4-2 with a .900 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average is
giving himself a very good chance to be recognized for Team USA for the
upcoming Olympic Games.
6-2-2 over the last ten games, and beating the defending Stanley Cup
Champion Pittsburgh Penguins has but a very bright spot on the Kings.
Although they were discussed to be a middle of the pack team, and a
playoff bubble team, I feel they are more then that. This Kings club
has played very good hockey for most of this season to date. They are
able to skate with the bigger named teams in the league, and have
defeated, or been on par with every team that they have played against
(except for the loss to the Coyotes on opening night and mini-slump
they had in mid-October where they lost 3 straight).
With plenty of depth, and hungry young players, this Kings club looks to be for real.
As it stands today, the current statistics for your Los Angeles Kings:
Anze Kopitar: GP 17 G 13 A 14 PTS 27
Ryan Smyth GP 17 G 8 A 12 PTS 20
Dustin Brown GP 17 G 6 A 10 PTS 16
Jarret Stoll GP 17 G 4 A 10 PTS 14
Drew Doughty GP 17 G 3 A 11 PTS 14
Alexander Frolov GP 16 G 4 A 9 PTS 13
Justin Williams GP 12 G 4 A 8 PTS 12
Seven players are already into double digit points on this Kings
roster. Michael Handzus and Wayne Simmonds are both tied with 9 points
a piece. So not only are the Kings getting scoring from the players
that you would expect to be putting up points, they are getting a nice
display of secondary scoring as well. A team that has found chemistry
up and down the roster for their coach Terry Murray. It’s the making of
what seems to be a very exciting season.
With Jonathan Quick playing majority of the games this season it’s
pretty certain, especially after the loss yesterday, that Erik Ersberg
will be getting at least one and potentially two (depending on his
play) starts on this upcoming five game road trip. The trip begins
tomorrow night in Chicago against the Blackhawks. A game that must be
played as if it were a possible playoff game. Now is not the time to
start losing points and the Kings need to stay focused and need to be
able to obtain at least six points on this five game trip. After
Chicago, it’s an Eastern Conference Southwest Divison battle for the
Kings with Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa and Florida all playing host this
upcoming week (and into next week).
The only team that should be an absolute guarentee to give the Kings
two points would be the Hurricanes, as last night they lost goaltender
Cam Ward to an unknown amount of time with a laceration on his leg. So
unless Michael Leighton becomes Martin Brodeur overnight, or the ‘Canes
make a move to get a goalie, it might be a very long season in Carolina
and it should be a victory for the Kings.
It’s a long week on the road, and a fun one at that. If any Kings
news breaks, you know I’ll be here with the information for you.
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