Stop me if you’ve heard this before, the Kings aren’t scoring and they are losing because of it. Coming into tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins the Kings sit at number 22 in the NHL when it comes to average goals scored a game at a measly 2.46 a game.
Compared to other Western Conference powerhouses like the Chicago Blackhawks at 3.59 goals a game, the Anaheim Ducks at 3.31 goals a game and the San Jose Sharks at 3.11 goals a game, the Kings offensive production just wont cut it.
The Kings can only rely on their defense and goaltending so much, and to this point it has done a fine job averaging just 2.00 goals against a game and keeping the Kings in the top three of the Pacific Division. But this trend can’t hold for ever and the Kings will need to start scoring sooner or later. If not they will start to slide down the standings.
It is not like the Kings haven’t been getting chances, they have peppered goalies and average just under 32 shots a game. But they just can’t find the back of the net.
Outside of Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams who lead the team in goals with 15, 13 and 13 respectively, the Kings’ big guns need to start producing. Dustin Brown has scored just eight goals on 120 shots this season and is trending towards the least productive season of his career.
Much like Brown Mike Richards has been having a season he would rather forget when it comes to offensive production. Richards has not scored a goal since November 25, that is 19 games without a goal. His production outside of goals hasn’t been that much better, only registering nine assists over that span of time.
Luckily a move that has put Dwight King on a line with Kopitar and Carter has produced more of an offensive upside to King who has three goals and ten points in his last 12 games. But King scoring or setting up a goal here and there is far from a solution.
Bottom line is the Kings need to put the puck in the net. Over their last seven games they have failed to score more than three goals in each contest and have gone 1-5-1 in those games. If the Kings fail to light the lamp more often that trend will more than likely continue.