The bright side; the Los Angeles Kings finally got a goal from the third line (Jarret Stoll, Kyle Clifford, and Trent Hunter). The not so bright side; that was it for the scoring on a night that strangely resembled what we, Kings fans, are getting far too accustomed to. The Chicago Blackhawks were coming in for the second night of back-to-back games and had a built-in excuse for losing. However, they proceeded to skate circles around the Kings and the inability to make any sort of positive adjustment, coupled with the inability to hit wide open nets when they presented themselves ultimately lead to the loss. Despite everything being equal or similar on the scoreboard (shots on goal count of 27 each and the goal differential 2-1) this game was owned by the Hawks.
From my vantage point, it would appear that coach Terry Murray no longer has the ability to manage this team. In the third period, we saw complete desperation where Murray tried every possible combination of lines, to no avail. Some sort of shakeup needs to happen in Los Angeles and it needs to happen NOW! Either Murray needs to move on or one or more of our top 6 will be traded soon. We’re past the 20 game “evaluation” mark and if the team was going to find or build some chemistry, it would/should have happened by this point. Let’s take a look at the mess down the I-5 and see how things are going there in Anaheim because, at this rate, our future has the probability of looking very similar. It’s quite odd that the one consistent with this team is the fact that they remain frustratingly inconsistent.
With the San Jose Sharks coming to town on Monday, amazingly the Kings still have a chance to be near the top of the conference in points. Dean Lombardi has gotten this franchise through the playoff drought and the fans finally have a great team to cheer for. He now faces a tougher job in getting the team over the hump of one playoff series per year. I don’t envy his position because he has some changes to make. What changes? Well, that’s why he makes the big bucks. One thing’s for certain… this is not the team that will win the Stanley Cup this year.
I’m glad you guys could finally come to an agreement on how many millions you’re gonna make every year. My wife is a US Navy Chief and has been on multiple deployments to the Middle East and put her life on the line so you guys have the freedom to look like a bunch of whining jackasses. NHL and NHLPA please take note and get a deal done before any games are jeopardized. Who would have thought that MLB would be the poster child for labor resolution? Imagine this, too – they weren’t even close to any sort of deadline. They just wanted to knock out a fair deal for everyone.