The two games against the Phoenix Coyotes were little short of a disaster. The Los Angeles Kings were unable to generate anything at all in the second game, and frittered away a healthy lead in the first game. It was a miserable performance, and though I’m loathe to report too intensely on games I have been unable to watch personally (2nd hand reports are notoriously unreliable), these are some terrible results.
In the first game, the Kings jumped out to a healthy lead, behind goals from Thomas Hickey, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Weal and Robbie Czarnik, but were unable to hold that lead, eventually heading to a shootout. Sure the Kings eventually won the game, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking it was a big result. It was a disappointing end to what appears to have been a game with some serious negatives.
The second game was much, much worse. After resting some of the “reliable” rookies in favor of some that have more to gain, the Kings got dominated. They gave up 6 goals before regaining a pity goal from Jordan Weal (his 2nd in two games… silver lining?) and ultimately losing 7-1. The special teams in particular were terrible. The Kings went 0-10 on the powerplay over the two games, and only managed to kill 1 of 5 penalties against. Ouch.
I don’t have much else to say, since the games were not televised, and I’m unwilling to speculate entirely based on statistics, but suffice it to say the Kings will need to play better, and these rookies will need to step up their game if they want to make the big squad this fall.