Saturday, March 3, 2012

What to Look for Tonight

The Kings are back on the ice tonight for the first time since Tuesday in Minnesota. They practiced on Thursday and Friday and now face off against the Ducks tonight. The two days of practice probably mean more than we would normally think. Jeff Carter has played 3 games for the Kings already but has not had much time to practice with his new team. When Carter was first acquired he was thrown right into the fire. Carter was also used on the power play and penalty kill, which he had no time to learn about the Kings strategies on the special-teams. With the two days of practice Carter will have learned more about where he needs to be in certain situations and what Darryl Sutter wants him doing. I believe Carter and Mike Richards will feed off of each other and will both get each other going and will start to produce from their line. I spoke to Carter after practice at Friday, and I told him I was looking for him to score the first goal in tonight's game. His response? He laughed and said "Ok, good choice." Sure that's nothing major but that shows the obvious that he really wants a goal and it may also mean that he believes tonight is the night he scores his first goal as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. Another thing to look for will be Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. Brown has been on fire lately as he has 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games, including points in 3 straight games. Let's hope he can continue his point streak and help his line produce some more points. Anze Kopitar scored a goal last game, which is his 1st goal in his last 10 games.Hopefully that goal is a sign of good things to come from Kopitar. With Brown's increased production it can rub off on Kopitar and get his play going again. Let's look for Brown to continue his hot streak and also for Kopitar to get back to the Kopitar we expect. The Kings have played well the last 3 games even though they are 2-1 in their last three. The last two games they have had presence in front of the net, which usually equals goals. So hopefully that continues tonight. After some well deserved time off Quick will be back in net tonight. Let's hope the Kings can continue scoring tonight, can carry the momentum over from Tuesday, and can start a winning streak that will put them back into the playoffs.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kings in Good Position?

Anze Kopitar celebrates after scoring a goal.
If the Playoffs were to start today, the Kings would be on the outside looking in. The players would be preparing to move back home for the off season and the management would most likely be going through changes. And the fans? Well we would all be disappointed, to say the least, and asking for Dean Lombardi to be fired. Many people may ask that Darryl Sutter be fired in favor of an offensive minded coach. If the playoffs started today, the Kings would be sitting in 9th place and would miss the playoffs by 1 point. Well luckily for the Kings, for the management, and for us fans the playoffs do not start today.

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The Goalie Situation

Jonathan Bernier watches as starter Jonathan Quick prepares for a game.
The Kings have two great goalies in Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier. Bernier, the backup, believes he is ready to be an starting goaltender in the NHL. Whether it be with the Kings, or any other team in the NHL, Bernier wants to start.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kings Score 4 in Win Over Wild.

Dwight King watches his shot as it finds its way past Niklas Backstrom and into the goal.
On the second night of a back to back for the Kings, they seemingly had no problems scoring tonight. On Monday night the Kings only goal came with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game. Tonight it only took the Kings 44 seconds to score against the Wild.

Why Can't the Kings Score?

Simon Gagne celebrates with Dustin Brown after goal scored on opening night at Staples.
It's no secret that the Kings have had trouble scoring this year. The Kings are averaging a league worst 2.06 goals per game this year and currently sit in 10th place in the western conference. The Kings currently have two top line centers in Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards. The Kings also have Justin Williams and Dustin Brown as two of their top six forwards. The Kings traded for Dustin Penner a year ago today, and signed Simon Gagne as a free agent this past off season, thus completing the Kings top six forwards; on paper.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kings Still Can't Find the Back of the Net - Game Recap

Fresh off of a hat trick from captain Dustin Brown that led to a 4-0 victory over Chicago Saturday night, the Kings traveled to Nashville to take on the Predators. Would the Kings continue scoring goals? No, the Kings did the opposite and returned to looking like the team that averages a league worst 2.06 goals per game. The Kings lost to the Predators by a final score of 2-1.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hey Mr. Carter, Tell Me Where Have You Been?

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards take the ice as teammates for the first time since May 5, 2011
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were both traded on June 23, 2011 from the Philadelphia Flyers. Mike Richards was the captain of the Flyers at the time. Richards and Carter were both huge reasons as to why the Flyers even made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. In two blockbuster trades in the off-season, the Kings acquired Mike Richards, and the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Jeff Carter. The two were obviously very shocked and hurt that they had been traded. Mike Richards eventually came to acceptance and has shown to actually enjoy living in Los Angeles and playing for the Kings. Richie got off to a hot start with the Kings before being sidelined with a concussion and has yet to return to pre-concussion form. As for Jeff Carter, he was also very upset, but never really came to accept the fact that he was a member of the Blue Jackets. He was hurt twice early in the season and clearly did not want to be a member of the Blue Jackets. He was playing for one of the worst teams in the NHL and he no longer wanted to be there and it seemed like the Blue Jackets no longer wanted him. Exactly 8 months after they were both traded from the Flyers, Carter and Richards were reunited once again. On February 23, the Blue Jackets agreed to send Jeff Carter to the Kings in exchange for Kings D-man Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick. Both Richie and Carts are very excited to be playing together again because they know the damage they can do together on the ice. The Kings got their top-six forward they had been searching for, and Carter got out of Columbus just like he clearly wanted. Now let's hope the goals start pouring in the net, and Carter and Richards get each other going again.