#3 Kings @ Kovalchuk (Devils) 10/13/11 - POST GAME THOUGHTS & TIDBITS
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10-13-2011, 09:28 PM
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This is the biggest problem for Murray. He demands that everyone play the same board to dot style and it worked better when the Kings had Kopitar and everyone else. When the Kings had 2 third lines, the game style flowed a little better. But it is wildly inconsistent because it relies on too much luck and bounces.
Even though the Kings can ice a complete hockey team, Murray still wants 2 third lines and the same board to dot style. The Kings should play a possession game with the current lineup.
The Kings had several shifts of the Kopitar line agains the NJ 4th line and there was no change in the attacking style. Kopitar's line should have destroyed that matchup, yet you couldn't tell by their on ice play when they had the matchup. Frustrating.
Kopi's line was fine, you are simply nit picking to pop shots at Murray. NJ did a good job of keeping the Kings on the outside with sticks and bodies in the lanes.
You don't get into the crease or between the dots anymore in this NHL teams are dropping four guys in that area now. Kopi's line had plenty of possession. Murray can't make passes for them. I counted three times JW pass the puck in the crease with about 4 NJ players there. Pretty sure Murray is not telling him to do that.
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