The Kings dropped the back end of their back-to-back on Sunday night to the Calgary Flames, 3-1. Similar to their season opener vs. Vancouver, the Kings didn’t relent a goal until halfway through the 2nd period. The problem however, was that the Kings didn’t manage to score until well into the 3rd period. It was a fairly tight game but opportunistic scoring by the Flames sunk the Kings.
-Bernier was strong in net and can’t really be faulted for either of the goals he allowed. The first goal was a terrible giveaway on the power play that resulted in a breakaway for Calgary’s Curtis Glencross. On the second goal Bernier was screened by Davis Drewiske on a flukey shot from Craig Conroy. Bernier is very positionally sound and almost looked nonchalant in net, not for lack of effort but because there is no unnecessary movement.
-The Kings were easily out-shot by Calgary and many of the Kings shots were not of the quality variety. The Kings had an especially hard time keeping the zone for an extended period of time and getting shots from the point.
-The Kings only goal came when they did exactly what I just mentioned, kept the zone for an extended shift, got a shot from the circle with tons of traffic in front.
-Discipline was poor for Los Angeles, especially Richardson’s high-sticking penalty with time expiring.
-Bernier was solid and should do a better job of providing relief for Quick this season. Murray will have more confidence in Bernier than he did in Ersberg.
-Defense was good again but offense did little to relieve the pressure later in the game.
-Kopitar’s upper lip. Seriously, that thing is jagged.
-5-on-5 scoring, Kings need quality shots, sustained pressure, traffic.
-Powerplay. Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass. The Kings seem like they’re waiting for the right opportunities to present themselves. They need more decisive passing, quicker decision making, and shots.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the Atlanta Thrashers (1-1-0) in their home opener on Tuesday at 7:30 pm PT. Expect Quick back in net.
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney