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02-06-2012, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by topliner967 View Post
I think Winger23 got it right in this thread

The way the Kings scored for the past couple of seasons was cycling in the corners, wearing teams out, and then getting scoring chances/powerplays as a result of that. Last game was a good example of them still mostly getting pucks in the corner and then trying to work things from there. When they are on their game though, they are very good (like the game against the canucks). Williams has the ability to be a good puck retriever when he is on his game, same with Richardson/Clifford and latley Lewis. But loosing Smyth/Simmonds/Handzus probably hurt the team more than most expected.
Again, 25th in the league last year. Not exactly a high bar for offense. The year of the strong PP only got the Kings to 9th overall in offense. 3+ years of Murray/Sutter have the Kings at 29th in total 5-on-5 goals, Minnesota will probably pass the Kings in the next few weeks, they are only 3 goals back.

That is a system issue.

Playing the same system with more skilled players is why the Kings are 30th in offense now. If you don't play in the middle and below the circles, you are not going to be a top 10 offense. Doesn't matter who you have in your lineup.

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