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Reclamation Project 03-20-2013 02:59 PM

29 Games In
 
And we're sixth in NHL scoring at 3 goals per game. Unreal. We're also ninth in the league on the power play at 20.4%. The defense ranks eighth at 2.48 goals allowed per game.

Feels good!

kingsfan 03-20-2013 03:15 PM

The defense part feels the best, since we've done it without Greene, Mitchell and a month of A-Mart. Essentially we've done it with half of our regular defense plus patchwork fill-ins and depth and the pains that come with feeling things out when you do have that type of adjustment in personal.

cyclones22 03-20-2013 04:25 PM

If you had told me we'd have those numbers while missing 2 of our best defenders and PK'ers, with Quick also still recovering from back surgery, I would not have believed it. The best thing about those numbers is on the defensive side, they can definitely improve and will improve. Mostly because Quick will get better as time goes on. I'd love to think (hope) that Greene and Mitchell will return in time, but I can't dare to dream just yet.

It also proves that the offense the Kings were putting up after Carter's insertion into the lineup last year was no "hot streak". 70 games since the Carter trade and the Kings have been THE dominant puck possession team in the league almost since day 1 of Carter's arrival. They were good once Sutter implemented his system, but as Doughty said in his on ice celebration interview, they "went sailing" after the trade deadline. With Carter, the Kings are (correct me if I'm wrong) 46-19-5 over that span while scoring roughly 3 goals a game. Which means they have had a good sample size of 70 games of great offense, compared to the previous 60 games of Murray-esque offense.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some numbers on how this team has done over a longer stretch. This team is what it is, which is a very good scoring, very good defending, elite puck possession team. The numbers don't lie. The sample size is large enough. Worst Cup winning team since blah blah? Puhleease.

Ziggy Stardust 03-20-2013 04:32 PM

It's kind of hard to believe that there's only 19 more games left to play on the schedule. If the Kings can sustain a pattern of winning 3 of every 4 sets of games, they'll be fine. Hopefully they ride a hot streak entering the playoffs like they did last season and carry that momentum over for another Cup run. Believe in a repeat!

KingsFan7824 03-20-2013 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyclones22 (Post 62048931)
Worst Cup winning team

I'll take it, and not even feel bad about it.

Worst/Luckiest Cup winning team, then follow that up with a consecutive Cup in a short season. 8th seed winning the Cup. Up 3-0 in all 4 series. 10-0 on the road before a single loss.

I say let the making a mockery of the league by the Kings continue.

The Butcher 03-20-2013 04:42 PM

Also, winning alot of games AT HOME in the Stapler. Becoming a dominant home team bodes well if we can secure a high seed.

cyclones22 03-20-2013 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LA Kings Drummer (Post 62049713)
Also, winning alot of games AT HOME in the Stapler. Becoming a dominant home team bodes well if we can secure a high seed.

Agreed, and that was always something the Kings were mediocre at, even when making the playoffs in previous years. The team wasn't very good at protecting home ice. They have been MUCH better at it since Sutter publicly called out the players on the need to be better at home to the press.

Just a few more stat tidbits: the Kings under Sutter for just regular season games, discounting the awesome Cup run, have played at a 102 point pace over 82 games. Since the Carter trade, the team has performed at a 107 point pace. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Blikian29 03-20-2013 04:51 PM

My favorite part of this season has been seeing the fruits of Lombardi's drafting/development labor. We're starting to get that Detroit feel in our depth pool. Voynov and Muzzin have basically transformed the PP from the point.

Ron 03-20-2013 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyclones22 (Post 62048931)
If you had told me we'd have those numbers while missing 2 of our best defenders and PK'ers, with Quick also still recovering from back surgery, I would not have believed it. The best thing about those numbers is on the defensive side, they can definitely improve and will improve. Mostly because Quick will get better as time goes on. I'd love to think (hope) that Greene and Mitchell will return in time, but I can't dare to dream just yet.

It also proves that the offense the Kings were putting up after Carter's insertion into the lineup last year was no "hot streak". 70 games since the Carter trade and the Kings have been THE dominant puck possession team in the league almost since day 1 of Carter's arrival. They were good once Sutter implemented his system, but as Doughty said in his on ice celebration interview, they "went sailing" after the trade deadline. With Carter, the Kings are (correct me if I'm wrong) 46-19-5 over that span while scoring roughly 3 goals a game. Which means they have had a good sample size of 70 games of great offense, compared to the previous 60 games of Murray-esque offense.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some numbers on how this team has done over a longer stretch. This team is what it is, which is a very good scoring, very good defending, elite puck possession team. The numbers don't lie. The sample size is large enough. Worst Cup winning team since blah blah? Puhleease.

The numbers don't lie. You are correct, they went 29-9-5 (13-5-5 + 16-4 in the playoffs) in their last 41 games (21 season, 20 playoffs).

So, at 46-19-5, that projects out in an 82-game season to 107 points...which would be their best all time.

Ron 03-20-2013 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyclones22 (Post 62050077)
Agreed, and that was always something the Kings were mediocre at, even when making the playoffs in previous years. The team wasn't very good at protecting home ice. They have been MUCH better at it since Sutter publicly called out the players on the need to be better at home to the press.

Just a few more stat tidbits: the Kings under Sutter for just regular season games, discounting the awesome Cup run, have played at a 102 point pace over 82 games. Since the Carter trade, the team has performed at a 107 point pace. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Didn't see your post when I posted.

Think of it. 107 point pace. and with Chicago and Anaheim performing as they have, we still probably would end up in 4th. ****ing amazing.

Ron 03-20-2013 05:02 PM

By the way, even if we finish with more points than either Minnesota or Vancouver (whomever wins that crappy division), we would NOT have home ice advantage against that team should we meet.

The NHL goes strictly by seedings, no matter how many points the Kings may end up with over either Minnesota or Vancouver.

This differs from the NBA, who gives the nod to the team with the better record for home court advantage, even if that team is seeded lower in the playoffs.

tsanuri 03-20-2013 05:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ron (Post 62050459)
Didn't see your post when I posted.

Think of it. 107 point pace. and with Chicago and Anaheim performing as they have, we still probably would end up in 4th. ****ing amazing.

No we would get second, because over the long hall Anaheim couldn't keep up those numbers. Or one would hope.

Tadite 03-20-2013 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tsanuri (Post 62050593)
No we would get second, because over the long hall Anaheim couldn't keep up those numbers. Or one would hope.


I agree. 82 games I think we'd have caught up with the Ducks. They're to limited a team to be that good for that long.

48 games and everything's different. Lose 4 games and boy... life gets depressing (I'm looking at you Yotes).

TruKingFan 03-20-2013 05:10 PM

The Kings are peaking at just the right time and with at least Greene coming back, will be have to a force once again in the playoffs.

etherialone 03-20-2013 05:39 PM

29 games in and so far so good.

Now we need to tuck our chins down and get to work until the end. We have had a good start but nobody is gonna hand us anything the rest of the way.

Gotta keep em rolling.

GO KINGS GO!!!

Rorschach 03-23-2013 12:22 AM

Props to Lombardi AGAIN for that insane quality depth we have that we can absorb a hurt Kopi, Quick, Mitchell, Martinez and Green and still be chuggin'.

Hatter 03-23-2013 12:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blikian29 (Post 62050095)
Voynov and Muzzin have basically transformed the PP from the point.

That has literally been my favorite thing this season.

Gentle Ben Kenobi 03-23-2013 12:54 AM

Considering the injuries, I am happy at 29 games in . DL is a better GM than I thought and I was one of the people screaming for DL to get hired way back when

(I posted as Snuffaluffagus in those days)

Sydor25 03-23-2013 05:14 PM

Is this the official jinx thread? Kings haven't scored a goal since this thead.

:cry:

damacles1156 03-23-2013 05:23 PM

They have faced two serious goalies last two games.

Both of goalies last two games will save 99% of shots they see. The Net presence last two games has been awful.

You can't score on NHL goalies (consistently) if you let them see the puck.


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