Powering Up in the Motor City

We’re minutes away from action at the ancient Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, but there’s some news from everyone’s favorite team in LA that wears purple and plays on the ice.

Kings Coach Terry Murray is looking at changing the power play after it has gone 0-for-10 in the last two games. From Kings’ Notebook:

“We are changing it up, the one group with (Anze) Kopitar and (Drew) Doughty and Jack (Johnson),” Murray said. “We’re going to change the setup in the offensive zone. I think you get to a point, sometimes, where change is very important. You get stale. You’re getting stationary, often, when you get so used to one setup.

“It’s a power-play look that I used years ago, when I was coaching in Florida. It’s a change. It gets the puck in different people’s hands. There’s more movement in it, and it gets you thinking. To me, with where we are right now, we’re a team that’s looking to make the automatic play all the time. You’ve got to get some thought back into it.”

Something needed to be done, even if Terry Murray brings up his Florida days. I kid, he actually did a credible job. Trivia: he’s the last coach of that team to take it to the playoffs. That was more than 10 years ago. I digress. Kings rank 19th in the power play. For all the “hey, look at the depth on their roster” comments, the Kings’ anemic power play sticks out like a sore thumb.

Detroit is 16th in penalty killing, but you still have to find a way around Nicklas Lidstrom and whatever meat they toss out to the unsatisfied wolves in their fanbase the goalie on that rink.

Elsewhere on the roster, Brad Richardson gets fourth line duty, replacing Kevin Westgarth on the right side.

Jonathan Quick gets the call in net. Last time he played against Detroit, he allowed six goals on 24 shots, but the last time he played here in the Motor City, he had 51 saves for a shutout.

Expect probably something in between.

Those weathermen of sports, the bookmakers, according to Yahoo’s selection, are putting Detroit by 1 1/2 goals. And you profit a bit taking the Red Wings too. Ugh.

Anyhoo, turn on the TV, change the channel to KCOP 13 and enjoy.

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