December 18th, 2007, 12:23 PM #21
I agree with most of what has been said here in this thread. The Kings have some really good individual talent and heart, that cannot be denied. However, this team has minimal collective heart and only limited team talent.
Who's to blame for this? IMO, the fault for this rests squarely on the players and coaching staff. What we see on the ice most nights is pathetic, uninspired play and somewhat schizophrenic coaching. Occasionally, we get glimpses of what could be. Until the players get it through their heads to play together and for a full 60 minutes, we'll never get any consistency.
It's not only the players that have to shoulder the burden of lackluster results, the coaching staff is supposed to coach this team...teach, motivate, and if need be show them the way and then guide them.
In Kings history, there is no better example of a total team effort than the 1974-75 season. Arguably the Kings had some star players, but they had no real superstar players on the team. This was true then and is true now. So what separates the current Kings team from this 74-75 team?
1. Teamwork. The 74-75 team worked hard individually and most importantly as a team!
2. Coaching. Pulford had the right system at the right time and more significantly, THE TEAM bought into the system. They actually believed it would work and worked hard to make it so.
3. Determination. The longest losing streak was three games. It occurred only once during the entire season. They found a way to end the losses and come back the next game. The Kings had 21 ties, the most for a season in Kings history. This doesn't reflect a lack of effort, in fact just the opposite. Of the 17 loses the Kings suffered, there were 4 that had a one goal differential. This further demonstrates the team tenacity that seems lacking from this years Kings. The Kings fought every game for everything they could get.
For me the most frustrating thing is the glimpses of what could be. Those should be the building blocks for future success. The failure to translate those into building blocks for future games is inexcusable. Successful coaches are able to use these as tools to reinforce, motivate, teach and guide their teams. Successful players and more importantly TEAMS are able to use these to create further success.
This season is painful and should be traded for videos of the 74-75 season; at least we could watch some decent regular season hockey.
/End of rant/
"Now back to our regularly scheduled mediocrity...Our Los Angeles Kings"
December 18th, 2007, 12:39 PM #22
I still think the biggest problem with the Kings is there is no "tradition of winning." I watched some of the Detroit game on VS last night, and every single player is confident in what they do as a team no matter what their role is. There were a couple guys on their roster that I did not recognize the names or they are rookies or whatever. The point is these new guys play just as well as the veterans on the team. They look like the same great Red Wings team that they do every year. That's because in Detroit, you have a winning tradition. I think DL is on the right track with bringing in guys from winning programs that hate to lose so we can start to build a tradition of winning through out the organization from the ground up. Let's hope the owners can stay the course with his plan. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
December 18th, 2007, 12:45 PM #23
They have heart..... Plus they need to feel shame as well, this would make them a better team over all.
December 18th, 2007, 03:49 PM #24
well, I do wish we played a little dirtier. zieler needs to fight and assume the role of an agitator if he wants to stay a king....and replace avery. All I can hope is that our injured players heal and that we can get our mental **** together.
December 18th, 2007, 10:53 PM #25
I see a big lack of confidence on the ice sometimes...I also see players out there trying so hard and forcing it that they can't effectively function as a unit.
They need to sit down with John Wooden (or at least his books) and take a deep breath and become a team. BTW...a good coaching staff builds this in inherently....
My two cents...
December 18th, 2007, 11:01 PM #26
December 19th, 2007, 08:05 AM #27
I see a lack of confidence. The team is afraid to make mistakes and ironically, that causes mistakes. When they are down, they play better - not as much to lose because they are already down. When they are trying to hold a lead, again they play horribly.
The players are overthinking. They dont create, they react.
I play a little myself (just recreational) I know that when I get intimidated, I screw up and play poorly. I don't play my game, I try to react to the opposing team. I see alot of that going on with the Kings. If you are "reacting", it is already too late.
December 19th, 2007, 07:06 PM #28
Just Can't take it anymore !!!!!!!!!!
Hi everyone and thanks for reading a LA Kings Fan from Québec !!!
Im looking right now at the match between LA and Detroit and ... oh dear god !
I try every year and every game to be the best fans to be a no#1 LA fan but when i see match like this like 3/4 of this year and a lot of the past 40 years im relly disapointed...
I dont understand why a team like the sharks, the senators was last 10 years ago and now are elite teams in NHL and LA continue to be last year after years... bring back Bernier, made a trade, fire the head coach but **** do something, im angry to see a game like the game tonight because i guy like chris Chelios that as pass fifty years old is better than the 3/4 of all the LA team.
Please oh Please do something and fast because the kings are loosing there fan and there respect, everyone here look at me and laught when they see me with my LA Kings cap...
Thanks for reading and sorry about my english, i try my best but 6-2 and the game not finish ouf !!!
I put my head in the sand !!!
Alain Nadeau a fan since 1975(the year i was born)
Quebec say hello to every LA Kings fan