Lee Stempniak led the way with a hat-trick as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Kings on Thursday night. A slow start for the Kings doomed them and they simply couldn’t catch up. It’s going to be a short post today but I just want to focus on a few things.
On the bright side:
-Wayne Simmonds finally got that monkey off his back, and then some. Wayne potted the Kings only 2 goals on the night and now the pressure is off. I’d expect it to come much easier now that he’s not gripping his stick.
-According to Rich Hammond, Simmonds talked to Doughty as recently as yesterday and Doughty said he felt “all right.” I think the positive is that if it were something serious, we would know by now and Drew would be on IR. Maybe that’s just the optimist in me, but that’s how I am.
-Face-offs were good for the second consecutive game.
-The PK continues to keep the Kings in games. Only 2 PP goals allowed on the season, including an empty netter.
-Peter Harrold < Drew Doughty. On the plus side, Peter wasn’t a minus player last night. He jumped into a lot of ice-time admirably. However, he lacks all of the intangibles Doughty has. The sooner Drew is back the better, obviously.
-I read a comment from a Carolina Hurricanes fan on a blog yesterday that was something to the effect of “I wasn’t impressed by the Kings.” Nor should they be after their performance against the ‘Canes. It was sloppy, open, and not indicative of the tight defense the Kings exhibited in their previous games.
Furthermore, I think the reason the Kings were unimpressive and have been less than dominant so far is we’ve yet to see a complete performance. One night it’s the second line that comes through. The next night it’s Kopitar and company. The next it’s the defense that shuts everyone down. And most of all it has been Quick playing very well. The promising side of it is that the Kings have all of the pieces, we’ve seen them. However, they have yet to all be pulling the weight at the same time.
Once everyone gets it going at once, we’ll see the true potential of this team as a dominant force.
The Kings are back in action on Saturday in Colorado. Puck drops 6pm PT.
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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