Sharks get the extra point, Kings get the extra d-man
The Los Angeles Kings could not put an extra puck behind Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabakov last night in San Jose as the Sharks beat the Kings 2-1 in a shootout.
The problem was not really the Kings play, although it was another game where they did not play a full sixty minutes. The Sharks looked tired during the first period and seemed to not have their legs under them, however, the Kings could not take advantage of that due to the stellar play of goaltender Evgeni Nabakov for San Jose.
Nabakov played very good for the Sharks. The Kings could not find a way to get a puck behind Nabakov after scoring first, firing 29 shots on goal with "Nabby" stopping 28.
At the other end of the ice, Jonathan Quick stopped 29 of 30 shots. So the goaltending was one of the bigger stand out scenarios to last nights game.
It seems as if the Kings are starting to miss Justin Williams. Still listed as day to day, Williams is not recovering as quick as the coaching staff thought he would, and it is starting to leave an absence on the score sheets. The Quicker he returns means the faster the Kings can start putting up three plus goals a game (although last night was the first time they were held to less than 3 goals since a 4-1 loss to Columbus on October 17th).
If you look at the goal totals alone for this month, the Kings have scored 45 goals and have given up 40. A stat that is not totally alarming just yet, but could use some adjustments.
A win tonight against Vancouver would give the Kings sole possession of first place in the Pacific and second place in the Western Conference. Sure it's early on, but it is a nice touch to be this high in the standings this early on.
Let's hope to see the Kings in the playoffs all season long. For tonight, Go Kings Go!
Jonathan Quick will be making his ninth straight start this evening. I understand he is young and capable, but Terry Murray better not burn him out early. Even if Murray thinks the same way I do.
The Kings claimed d-man Randy Jones off re-entry waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. The cap hit towards the Kings is $1.45 million for Jones. He will provide NHL experience depth for the blue line of the Kings.
Anze Kopitar leads the league in points with 21. He is off to an amazing start and could have an amazing year if his pace keeps up.