Kings biggest threat in the West?
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04-05-2013, 08:06 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Los Angeles
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I'll grant you Quick isn't playing his best, but we REALLY need to hold the defense and forwards somewhat accountable here as well ...
While we are limiting the Shots against ... The Kings aren't playing quite the same smothering defense they did last year, and are very sloppy at times with the puck.
We rank DEAD LAST WORST 30th in Blocked shots this year.
We were 5th BEST during the Play-Offs !
We're 29th in Takeaways (stripping the puck) this year. We were 4th BEST during the Play-Offs !
We're 7th WORST in Giveaways (turn-overs) this year, means we're playing sloppy too often.
Our Penalty Kill has dropped to 11th this year, we were 4th BEST last year, and 2nd BEST in the Play-Offs.
You can't rest ALL of that on the shoulders of QUICK. The loss of Mitchell and Greene has meant a rough learning curve for our younger D men, and increased pressure and wear and tear on guys like Doughty and Scuderi, and those stats above reflect all of that.
I've got an even more interesting statistic for you - last year during the regular season, the Kings were dead last in blocked shots as well. Guess who was second-last? The New Jersey Devils. How about this year, you ask? Kings and Devils, once again. Hopefully we meet them again in the finals!
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