"BURNSIDE: Good day, my friend, and top of the New Year to you and yours. It's not quite time for New Year's resolutions, but maybe I should consider rethinking my view of the coaching change in Los Angeles. With Darryl Sutter behind the bench, the Kings aren't necessarily channeling the 1976 Montreal Canadiens, but they are coming up with the points."
Winning in Chicago will do wonders for that team’s confidence. Quick had to be outstanding, especially in the third period when the powerhouse Blackhawks came on like gangbusters and outshot the Kings 18-10. Quick shut the door for his NHL-leading fifth shutout. And as much as Rangers fans complain to me that Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t get enough national attention for his merit as a Vezina contender, I think it’s Kings fans who have the most to complain about, because I don’t think Quick gets nearly the kind of credit he deserves for putting up yet another terrific season. He’s top five in the NHL in my opinion. And mark my words, the Kings will make the playoffs.
“Every good army needs a couple of criminals.” - Dean Lombardi
Lombardi either does something soon or fire his ass. He has the assets, work with the cap make the necessary move(s). As the roster stands now, this is NOT a Cup contender I don't care that they've been better with Sutter, I'm not concerned with 3 games in 4 nights...every team has to deal with that. They're the same anemic team they've been all season. Barely over 2 goals a night...dead last. Wow.
And when the best you can hope for out of the PP is momentum... it's time for a change of tactics.