Frozen Royalty: It’s Time For Kings’ GM Lombardi To Address His Team’s Futility
When the media starts calling out the Kings, you know there’s a problem! Here’s the latest from our pal Gann Matsuda with a bonus article at the end. Take a read and enjoy (wait, don’t. You’re a Kings fan, drink!).
LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Through 58 games of the 2011-12 season, one thing is now irrefutable.
When it comes to scoring goals, the Los Angeles Kings are an embarrassing lesson in futility.
There are many opinions and theories out there, attempting to explain the Kings’ woeful inability to score goals. Many point fingers at the coaching staff, and the system the Kings play, among other things. But when you talk to people who really know the game, such as National Hockey League scouts, along with Iformer NHL players and coaches who are involved in the game in various capacities, among the most frequent comments you hear are that the Kings often fail to execute their game plan, and that they do not pay attention to detail on breakout plays, allowing gaps between forwards and defensemen to get too wide, preventing them from generating speed through the neutral zone.
Once in the offensive zone, the Kings do a poor job of getting traffic in front of the net, their defensemen struggle to get pucks to the net from the point, and the forwards often shy away from taking the puck to the prime scoring areas, let alone shoot if they get there at all.
A glaring example of that was highly-skilled center Anze Kopitar, who recorded a big goose egg on the scoresheet on February 16, in a 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center.
Obviously, with the Kings on the wrong end of a shutout, Kopitar did not score a goal. But the more important zero on the scoresheet next to his name was in the shots on goal column.
Read the rest on Frozen Royalty.
Also check out Gann’s latest on forward call-ups Dwight King and Jordan Nolan here.