Raise your hand if you think it’s too early to accurately predict what will happen to the Kings this season. OK, me too. Frankly, if you’re the kind of fan that wants to hit the panic button two games into the season, then we’re probably not exactly on the same page. That said, there have been a couple thoughts that I’ve had on the season thus far:
- Brayden Schenn is impressive, especially for a youngster. The kid is not even 20 years old, and he’s played remarkably well in the first two games. Of course it’s early to start announcing him as a Calder Trophy candidate, but let’s not kid ourselves, if the Kings do some serious damage this season, and Schenn performs at a high level this season, expect there to be some discussion.
- Goaltending has been strong. Bernier let in one goal that was a bit weak, but it looked like there was a deflection of some kind, and frankly any time your goalie is giving up only 2 goals you’re in good shape. Quick in game 1 was exceptional. Play like that is precisely what the Kings will need this season and heading into the playoffs. If they can get regular goalkeeping like they have the first two seasons, this could be a good season.
- 5 on 5 scoring remains a sore point. In two games, the Kings have scored one goal in 5 on 5 play. That’s not very good. Obviously that will pick up, and it could pick up as soon as tonight against Atlanta, but it’s also an early worry. 5 on 5 scoring was the Achilles heel of the team last season as well as in the playoffs, and if they don’t start to click, expect Murray to make even more line changes than we’ve seen so far.
Those are three things I’ve been thinking so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing if these strengths and weaknesses continue through the next few games. What are your thoughts so far? With a win and a loss this early, are the Kings on the right track? Think they’ll regret missing out on Kovy?