January 29th, 2014, 02:06 AM #1
Kings offensive woes continue with 0-for-18 power play slump (The Hockey News)
When the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, it capped off a season in which they ranked 29th in offense with 2.29 goals per game. And if it wasn’t for the fact they scored 59 goals over their final 20 games (2.95 average), or that they managed 2.85 per game in those playoffs, their current struggle for conversions wouldn’t seem so bad.
But with 35 goals in their past 20 games the Los Angeles Kings are officially in a funk. They’ve only managed two goals in their past four games and one in their past three. At least in 2012 all the pieces weren’t yet in place – Jeff Carter, an important addition, was a mid-year pick up. In 2014, the Kings are a well-prepared, experienced, championship team. What gives?
First off, their recent stretch has included difficult match ups against Anaheim, St. Louis, San Jose and Phoenix. But it’s also included losses to Dallas and Nashville where L.A. scored only two goals. The most blatant example of a troubled offence came in a game against Vancouver two weeks ago. The Kings won 1-0, despite going 0-for-7 on the power play as Vancouver seemed happy to pick up PIMs.
And therein lies the problem.
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