Frozen Royalty: The Need For Speed
Here’s some good morning reading from Gann Matsuda talking about the struggle to score and Coach Murray. Take a read and let us know what you think!
LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Much has been said about the Los Angeles Kings and their struggling offense this season, one that has seen their power play improve rather dramatically from last season, when they ranked 21st in the National Hockey League, with a 16.1 percent rating.
This season, their power play is carrying them offensively, ranking seventh in the league with a 20.3 percent rating, through games played on November 15.
But like the last two seasons, the Kings are struggling to score at even strength, especially five-on-five, dragging them down to 23rd in the league in goals scored, with an average of 2.41 goals per game.
If you take a spin around the World Wide Web, criticism of the Kings’ system and the coaching staff abound. Many emphatically claim that the system that head coach Terry Murray has the Kings playing is archaic, that it stifles offensive production, and that it should be scrapped.
They also insist that Murray should fired. A good portion also seem to want him run out of town on a rail, and that is putting it mildly.
Yet, one look at the NHL standings reveals that while the Kings are currently tenth in the Western Conference, and would miss the playoffs if they were to start today, it is only mid-November, and they are just four points out of third place in the conference.
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