January 20th, 2013, 10:40 AM #51
Good point. 4th line was great. 3rd line pretty solid. I don't think it's a coincidence that those lines were unchanged from last year. I'd like to see Brown-Kopi-Williams back together. Then you have a decision to make with the #2 line at LW. But there's an entire thread on here about the roster so I won't derail the thread.
Originally Posted by Stebo
In a shortened season a solid 4th line is going to be very important. If the Kings can get this type of production from their 4th line all year they'll be just fine once the top lines settle in.
Right now I'm more worried about Mitchell's absence on defense.
January 20th, 2013, 11:10 AM #52
To all you who say "don't say what did you expect"....
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?
Not only was the #1 Center out of the lineup... but also the #2 D-Man and top Penalty Killer was gone too.
All of which might have been overcomeable IF.........
They hadn't just spent 20+ minutes in an emotional pregame ceremony and IF...
They hadn't completely jumbled the lines.
Carter was a winger for this Kings team for three months, Gagne was on the IR until he played 4 games on the 4th line taking the place of Brad Richardson who was in turn taking the place of injured Kyle Clifford who is NOW making his reeentry into the lineup.
They were NEVER going to win this game.
I've seen dozens if not hundreds of games like this where the Kings looked lost, bored, lazy, tired, scatter brained or just plain lousy...
but I've never seen one where they had just won the Stanley Cup.
So... you know... get over it.
and that's coming from me!
January 20th, 2013, 11:30 AM #53
The only player I am worried is Richards. He looked lost, few steps behind and just unmotivated all game. Carter shouldnt play as a center period, and Brown belongs on the left wing. He plays so much better and has lot more options. Hopefully once Kopi is back things will get back to normal. On the bright side Doughty was good and Penner was flying out there.
January 20th, 2013, 11:32 AM #54
I expected them to play like they did last year.....from Oct-Feb. Bad passing...check, sloppy defensive zone play....check, shots missing net...check, ringing off the post....check, looking discombobulated....check, hard time scoring....check, goals bouncing in off own players....check,
but....i dont care as I am still riding a high of winning the cup. I used to say, "why can't our goalie get a shut out," "why can't our players stay healthy," anything i said to myself over the last 31 years i do not have to say anymore because until this june we are the defending Champions.....
It is only one game. LA will be ok
January 20th, 2013, 12:21 PM #55
Look... I'm not trying to make excuses here.
Originally Posted by Ice24
Chicago has been there in 2010 winning the Cup and lost in their opener to Detroit. They have a franchise character player in Toews who's also the Captain and a solid nucleus of players like the Kings have. I'm going to say that while the Kings were celebrating The Stanley Cup this Summer, contenders like Chicago who fell short in the playoffs, had individual players who were very focused at redemption. It doesn't mean that Kenny McCudden program at Johnny's Icehouse on the Near West Side was the sole difference on Saturday but you can't discount that it helped the Blackhawks players get ready for "camp"/5 practices. Although unrelated but perhaps more important, every team in the league will be looking to measure themselves against the Kings.
Dean Lombardi assembled the best front office, coaching staff and roster he could and now he gets into unfamiliar territory of defending a Stanley Cup. Judging by the talent in the many different rooms that make this organization, short season or not, I couldn't care less that the Kings lost the home opener to the Chicago Blackhawks after raising the banner.
January 20th, 2013, 02:34 PM #56
To be honest, Quick is my biggest concern. He typically takes at least 4-5 games into a season to get settled in. In a 48 game season, I just don't think the Kings can afford that unless the team and defense can carry him for a couple weeks.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
Paging Bill Ranford.
January 20th, 2013, 02:41 PM #57
What? Where did this myth come from?
Originally Posted by KingFanMGM
EDIT: Just to further this point, here are some numbers for you from Quick's first 5 games of each of the last 2 seasons:
Last edited by keyTOarson; January 20th, 2013 at 03:05 PM.
January 20th, 2013, 02:46 PM #58
Oh NO the SKY is fALLING!!!!
The concerns about Quick and his ability to win important games or fail to come up big in big moments remains ever hilarious.
January 20th, 2013, 03:04 PM #59
Originally Posted by KRC1221
January 20th, 2013, 03:16 PM #60
Oh come on now... Ranford had some good years in the early 90's, but the guy hasn't played in a decade. I hardly think he is the answer to our problems.
Originally Posted by KingFanMGM
That Bernier guy might help however.