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    Default Now that's pressure: 3 shortys for Vegas

    If you get a chance, catch the highlights of the Sharks Vegas preseason game which aired this Sunday night on the NHL Network.

    Jones got lit up for 3 shorthanded goal.
    It's pretty impressive how fast players are instructed to swarm opponents forcing bad passes turning into immediate breakaways. By contrast, watching our penalty kill this year, we basically just allow the other team to skate around we hope to hold them at Bay as long as we can.

    There's actually joy to be had watching a fast, well coached team.

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    Constant pressure and forcing turnovers. That was something the Kings did on that 2012 Cup run. It just came out of left field because none of us knew they were capable of that. Which is why it's all the more frustrating the the Kings haven't been able to play like that since then. I mean sure, the 2014 run was magical itself with the Game 7s in the 1st 3 rounds.. but they were no where as dominant as 2012's run.

    And yet oddly enough Vegas, was able to do it all of last season.. at least 65 games worth of it where they just show up and play hard every single night. Strangely enough, they're doing the same thing in the Pre-Season even when it doesn't mean squat. It's definitely night and day compared to how our Kings approach the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TooCool View Post
    Constant pressure and forcing turnovers. That was something the Kings did on that 2012 Cup run. It just came out of left field because none of us knew they were capable of that. Which is why it's all the more frustrating the the Kings haven't been able to play like that since then. I mean sure, the 2014 run was magical itself with the Game 7s in the 1st 3 rounds.. but they were no where as dominant as 2012's run.

    And yet oddly enough Vegas, was able to do it all of last season.. at least 65 games worth of it where they just show up and play hard every single night. Strangely enough, they're doing the same thing in the Pre-Season even when it doesn't mean squat. It's definitely night and day compared to how our Kings approach the game.
    I don't get it. Our whole strategy is to slowly shut you down (tire opponent out) in the defensive zone, barely break out into neutral zone, dump the puck and line change. That has been the prevailing results for the last 3 years now. How on Earth can a modern NHL team expect to win like this? Also, our PP is a joke. Same predictable passing to the perimeter. Vegas on the other hand has a much more exciting PP with constant puck movement and creativity. I don't understand why Kings coaches can't just watch tape on their method and show our big dogs ie; Kopi, Doughty, Kovalchuk, Carter, TT the motions. Why can't we do this?

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    The Kings PK used to be very aggressive, especially the players against the points. Force the other players with possession into having to make quick decisions and pressure them into making errors.

    As the depth of the team has dropped off, their ability to do this down the lineup has fallen off, the Kings have reverted to a "don't make the mistake yourself" philosophy. That means fewer gambles like that kind of pressure system, but it also mans boring hockey with few breakdowns.

    I think Vegas has the kind of consistency in their depth. Add that to the fact that they had the freedom to fail last season and the incentive to play uptempo and you got what you got from them. We'll have to see how they play with stakes in front of 'em, now.


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