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Jan 28, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings forward Dwight King (74) reacts on the ice against the Phoenix Coyotes in the second period at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings' Power Play: A Tale Of Horror

 

I am sure you have heard of the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. You may have even caught wind of ‘The Exorcist’. But have you heard of the scariest tale since the ‘Blair Witch Project”? It is the tale of the “Power Play Deficient Kings”. It is scary as hell.

For those of you that follow the Los Angeles Kings, you know about how atrocious their Power Play is, it is just horrible. A slasher movie about a psychotic power tool wielding maniac is more tolerable than this.

On the season, the Kings are scoring off the power play 13.8% of the time. That is near the bottom of the NHL as they are the 28th best team out of 30. They have only been able to score 27 goals out of 193 opportunities. I’m serious, do they need some coffee or something? A pre-game double shot latte? Whatever it takes, right? 

But really, what is their deal? Why can they not do well with a man advantage? Well, it kind of starts with the fact that they cannot score goals to begin with. 

They are amongst the NHL’s worst at getting the puck in the net, whether it is on the power play or going 5-on-5. They are only getting 7.5% of their shots past the goalie. That makes them the 29th best team in shooting percentage… or second worst.

Part of the LA’s problems is that they cannot sustain long stretches of offensive pressure. Going in against a team at even strength is one thing, but when you are out-played by a short-handed opponent, every single time, well that is cause for concern. I mean really! Dumping the puck into the corner is not working as well as it should.

So that is the problem. Goals, goals, goals. The Kings have no goals. It could possibly be their weirdly exotic road schedule that included being involved in a rock concert at Dodger Stadium that had something to do with it. I’d be wrecked, too.

Nonetheless, the Kings are FINALLY back at the Staples Center on Thursday night after eight games away. That’s the good news. The bad news is, it is against Pittsburgh. Still, there is no place like home ice, in doors and chanting “Go Kings Go!”

Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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