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03-20-2013, 04:57 PM
Bandwagon Since 1967
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Brea, California
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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.
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