Game 9: Kings Lose 3-0, fall to 3-4-2
NASHVILLE – If the Los Angeles Kings needed to step up their game, tonight was a good place to start. Unfortunately, tonight just wasn’t their night as they got shut out for the first time this season, losing to the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-0.
Considering they score four goals in each of their last two outings, it was believed that the Kings turned a corner offensively. Tonight, however, said offense regressed as despite peppering goaltender Pekka Rinne with 32 shots, could not muster a single goal. In fact, Los Angeles looked so lethargic tonight that I was tempted to fold laundry, although while the Kings didn’t have a good game, my laundry is actually very exciting – but I digress.
In regards to Rinne, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Kings getting blanked tonight should be mostly credited to the Nashville keeper. After receiving a Vezina nomination last year, Rinne has certainly proven that he’s more than a one-year wonder. Entering tonight’s game, the Finnish backstop had a miniscule 1.81 goals-against average and is a huge reason why the Preds are now 5-2-3 and looking prime not only to finish atop their division but maybe even their conference at season’s end.
Having only faced 14 shots tonight, Jonathan Quick was not on top of his game tonight as he allowed three goals, one while penalized and two to Colin Wilson. It could be suggested that Quick is still lingering from his off-season back surgery but everyone is entitled to a bad night, even though this was the second for Quick in five nights. You can draw your own theory from that if you wish.
Unfortunately, there just isn’t much to report on tonight’s game. What I mean is that it’s hard to find a silver lining when a team gets shut out. I suppose I can’t say anything detrimental about the power play considering the Kings had just one full man-advantage all game. Overall, though, tonight’s performance was for all intents and purposes a dud and the Kings will have to play a heck of a lot better if they want any chance of competing in the all-too-competitive Western Conference.
The Kings are off for a couple days as they prepare for their first back-to-back of their season beginning Sunday in Detroit and finishing Monday in St. Louis. While it’s certainly not the most ideal time for this to be happening, hopefully the Kings will treat this as a wake-up call. They need it as right now, a 3-4-2 simply will not do.