Let’s face it, this is not what we had hoped we would be feeling after the first three games of the season. Over summer, Kings fans were gitty at the fact that the Kings were considered one of the top contenders for the Cup in the Western Conference. Analysts across all mediums pumping up the Kings and filling all that follow the Kings with hopes of another deep playoff run.
Instead here we are, our Kings limping out of the first week of the regular season with a 1-2 record. Their lone win a sloppy come from behind shootout win over the Minnesota Wild to open the season.
Opening the season 1-1 wasn’t that bad, the Kings were on the road and it was a back-to-back series. It almost felt as if the Kings needed to return home for a triumphant statement game against one of the Eastern Conference’s power house teams, the New York Rangers.
The crowds flowed in, the laser show was a breath of fresh air, the arena was buzzing, the puck was dropped and the sloppy play continued. Unforced turnovers slowed the Kings for much of the game. Which led to more and more mistakes, and all around scrambled play by the Kings.
Then when the Kings seemed to have life, perhaps the most uncharacteristic play of them all happened. A Jonathan Quick gaffe that seems to be a perfect resemblance of all that has hurt the Kings this season.
Being at the game, you could feel the wind suck right out of the arena. Not because of the play itself, mistakes happen, even to Quick. But this overall team play shouldn’t be happening.
For the most part the Kings are the same team from last season and that team was basically the same team from two seasons ago, a team that won the Stanley Cup. The chemistry should be there, the play should be there. It is not like the team brought in tons of new faces and are rebuilding, the guys in this locker room have played together for quite some time now and should be on the same page.
Im not even upset that the Kings are losing, I mean it is only two games, and teams are going to lose it comes with every sport. I just want to see a better effort, or at least some kind of sign that points to the Kings knowing each other and what they are doing out there.