Even Strength Struggles
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03-30-2010, 12:30 PM
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The Kings rank 18th in the NHL in Even-Strength (ES) 5-on-5 goals with 130 GF (not including 8 goals scored in 4-on-4 situations).
The Kings' overall offense is ranked 10th in the NHL, averaging 2.79 goals per game.
The Kings have surrendered 127 goals while playing in even strength, which is 7th most in the NHL (not including the 6 goals they have allowed when playing 4-on-4).
The Kings' overall defense is ranked 10th in the NHL, averaging 2.63 goals against per game.
The overall team +/- is +8, good for 12th in the NHL. Since returning from the Olympic break, the Kings' even strength offense has flat lined and it appears that the team has lost the chemistry they had prior to the break.
The "drive-to-the-net" mentality appears to have vanished. The team is constantly looking for the perfect setup and when they do decide to pull the trigger, more often than not, they end up missing the net or having their shots blocked.
This is a result of poor puck management. The timing of passing and shooting has been off, as has their dump and chase game. The Kings are a team that is lacking an elite scorer, thus the need for scoring by committee. The organization is lacking in speed: their game is to play a grinding, tight-checking style, a style they have drifted away from.
Observe their demeanor in the recent losses. They look like a discouraged group.
So, we're ranked 10th on overall offense and defense? I'll take it!!!
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