The Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown has not had the strongest start this season. His offensive production was bad, he was slipping down the forward lines and was basically a non-factor, to say the least. But after the Olympics, the Kings’ Captain has kicked his game into high gear and is producing the most he has all year, helping Los Angeles with a seventh game win streak.
Brown has always been a hockey player that has a bit of controversy following him. Whether it’s giving a hard hit that irks the fan base of the player he checked or pissing off his own fans for not doing enough, Brown gets it from all sides.
This season is no different. For example, earlier in the season, after hit on the San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl that took him out the line-up for most of the season, Brown was instantly public enemy number one amongst bay area hockey fans. Just as well, in the 59 games before the Winter Olympics in, Brown only had 16 points. This of course, started to piss off some of the LA fanatics, with a few wishing he was a primary figure in a trade that would bring an actual goal scorer to LA.
But then Sochi happened. Since then, he has been a man on a mission.
All of a sudden he is racking up points for the Kings. In the six games since Sochi, Brown has 6 points (4 assists, 2 goals). Yup, the easy math shows that he is getting a point a game. It’s brilliant.
Who is this guy and what have you done with the real Brown? The great thing is, this is the real Brown.
The last time something like this happened was two years ago, just around the trade deadline. In 2012, word around the campfire was that Brown was getting shipped out. A trade never went through with Brown, and because of that, it seemed to fuel his fire, proving he was still valuable… all the way to lifting the Stanley Cup.
Right now, Los Angeles is trying to do anything it can to raise the cup again. With Brown producing some offense, it greatly increases the LA’s chances. In 2012, the Kings had a great run at the end of the season leading to the push in the playoffs. This year, the Kings are off to another great run and hope to sustain it. Tonight they head into Calgary to see if they can make it eight wins in a row against the Flames.
If #23 gets another point tonight, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the Kings win big. By at least three goals.