January 25th, 2013, 08:47 AM #1
Nice to be back and once again be able to chip in with a post of my own. Glad we got a point but hard not to feel pain afterwards.....
Here are some thoughts:
Officiating- It is obvious the league has once again asked the refs to start calling tons of penalties. I saw it in other games recently as well. My belief is this comes directly from Bettman who simply thinks more power plays equates to more goals. I thought the calls were bad on both sides of the ice but the real travesty comes with the fact all of these penalties means there is not that consistent back and forth and prolonged game play were both teams can get into a groove and attack and counter attack. The best games to me are the ones with sustained play, good puck movement, some good checking, some great goaltending and so on. All of these penalties just equate to a choppy game with no groove or feel to it. Once again...I like the NHL as the NHL, if I wanted to see no defense and tons of scoring I would watch the NBA.
Clifford- This is without question the best he has ever played and if he can sustain this play will be a bonafide top 6 player. On the downside-if Clifford is the only guy who can produce, this team is in a world of hurt.
Quick- Has gotten consistently better as the season progresses-shame he has nothing to show for it in the wins column.
Defense- Will be nice to get Mitchell back but wanted to throw some props to the D Corp. Martinez in particular has looked pretty good as does Voynov and Drewiske. I could nitpick Scuderi not boxing out Yakupov but wont go there, unless I just did.
Scoring- Brutal. Once again if you bet the Kings would only score 4 goals in the first 3 games and Clifford played a role in everyone of them then Mr you a better man then I. Mike Richards, Brown, and a few others look as if they are completely uninterested in the game. Of course-I am pretty sure we called out Richards in the first half of last season as well.
How bad was it last night energy wise? I was thinking Brad Richardson should have gotten more time. Compared to the others he was skating like Pavel Bure.
From the look at the bright side department- At least the fist 3 games were against non division opponents. That will change against the Yotes on saturday. With Mike Smith out and Labarbara looking like Labarbara against the Sharks last night this is a golden opportunity for the Kings to get going. The players may down play it but this will probably be an intense game that they should be up for. And if they cant get up for that game-there is trouble in river city but then again we won the Cup last year so how bad could it be?
Last edited by Hipcheck; January 25th, 2013 at 08:58 AM.
January 25th, 2013, 08:55 AM #2
Richardson was well rested after his 0:53 of playing time in the 1st.
January 25th, 2013, 08:56 AM #3
Definitely agree with the officiating. I started noticing it with the 4 (I think) interference calls against us during the first game. Or was it the second game? I can't remember, the suckage is blending together. But yeah, it was difficult to watch last night's game because of all the stoppage, I can't imagine the disruptive effect the players probably felt.
During yesterday's game I caught myself thinking, "Oh yeah, isn't Brown on this team too?" Hopefully he finds his stride soon.
I'm not feeling so confident with the next couple matchups. :/
January 25th, 2013, 09:05 AM #4
Despite the egregious PP and the well deserved overtime I loss, I was a bit more encouraged by the game yesterday versus the first two games. The whole team was doing a better job of keeping the puck on their sticks and making cleaner passes. The PK from the cup run is still rocking too.
January 25th, 2013, 09:05 AM #5
January 25th, 2013, 09:27 AM #6
my thought is...
STAY OUT OF THE FREAKIN' BOX!
January 25th, 2013, 09:48 AM #7
I see positive progress over the course of the first 3 games. For me I'm considering the first 8 games to be pre-season/training camp for the team. Unfortunately a bad 'preseason' this year equals a bad start, but I'm not panicking until the 18 game mark.
January 25th, 2013, 09:48 AM #8
And, as others have pointed out, Quick is quickly regaining his level of play.
Originally Posted by RoyalSubject
January 25th, 2013, 09:54 AM #9
The too many men penalties were ridiculous....
Originally Posted by beedee
January 25th, 2013, 10:16 AM #10
Let's keep in mind that seasons often start with officials looking to send a message to players about what will and will not be tolerated. It takes a while for players to adjust. I'm pretty sure that we'll see the number of power plays go down over the course of the season, both because the players have adjusted, and the officials will have lightened up a bit.
Originally Posted by Hipcheck