Hockeys back! It’s that time of year again and the Kings kicked it off by just barely getting by the Wild. I’m currently writing this in the middle of 3rd during the Kings v Jets game, so lets sum up the first 5 periods of action and discuss who’s hot and who’s not.
The Good: Doughty and Carter. Both players are expected to have breakout seasons. Doughty scored the opening goal of the season on a beautiful feed from Voynov and Kopitar. Paired with Regher, we should see Doughty grown into that offensive-defenseman role we’ve been expecting for a few seasons.
Carter is another player with high expectations this year after posting career high numbers (well, kinda. thanks lockout!) the season before. Although Carter doesn’t quite get enough praise he deserves, despite playing in a better devision (*cough* Stamkos *Ovechkin*), Carter should be an underdog candidate for the Ricard trophy.
The Bad: Greene, Brown. Two of my favorite guys, but both need to step up their game in different ways. Although Greene scored his one goal quota for the season, he took too many bad penalties and lost his composure on a bad interference penalty that resulted in a Jets goal. Greene is a reliable player who specializes in doing the little things right, so he should rebound soon.
Brown was basically non-existent in both games. Too much diving, no enough playmaking, hardly any hits. ‘Nuff said.
The Ugly: The possession numbers. Not good. I’ve never dabbled with corsi numbers, so I wont try to bore you right now, but they can’t be good. Minnesota basically controlled most of the game, luckily Quick kept the Kings in the game. The Kings controlled the 1st period of the Jets game, but lost the numbers after that.
At the end of the day, it’s early in the season, and with a team as deep as the Kings this should be taken with a grain of sand. But regardless, we should expect to see more from the Kings over the next few games.