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01-12-2012, 11:32 AM
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Key To Unlocking Los Angeles Kings’ Offense Is Getting Pucks, Bodies To The Net

Key To Unlocking Los Angeles Kings’ Offense Is Getting Pucks, Bodies To The Net

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Interesting comments from Penner:

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The Kings have increased their focus on getting bodies and pucks to the front of the net in practice.
“We’re trying to get all of our top players to be in traffic more, [to be] more forceful players, instead of fade-away players,” Sutter emphasized. “Everybody can be better at that. I think we were really good [at that in our] last game, but we have guys who can be better.”
“It’s not something where suddenly, all twelve [forwards] are going to be better at it,” Sutter added. “Everybody’s different, but if your guys who play a lot of minutes can do it consistently, it sets the bar for the group.”

Penner indicated the players are buying in.

We’re working on that every day, from the habits we’re developing in practice,” he said. “As far as the drills we do over and over again, we’re doing drills that we haven’t done since I’ve been here that may seem simplistic, from a spectator’s standpoint, but they drive home a point, because we are creatures of habit. When we start doing those things in practice, they seem monotonous. ‘Why are we doing this again?’ But we can see it helping us.”

“Everyone’s sniffing around the net now,” he added. “We have the defensive stuff down pat. We keep saying the offense is going to come, but now, it has to. The last game, it did. Now we want to keep that up.”
It’s nice to hear that Sutter is actually practicing what he says he wants the team to do. Let's see if the team can follow up the Washington game by scoring 3+ goals tonight. They've done it against Dallas before. Time to win some Western Conference games.

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Forwards need to get to the net and find themselves open in shooting areas. We just need more movement in the offensive zone in general. The defensemen need to be quicker and take liberties. Our blueline NEEDS to be producing. That is where Lombardi placed all his chips. We are strong down the middle, on the blue line, and in goal, but weak on the scoring wings.

The brunt of the offensive responsibility rests with the blue line. We have Doughty, Johnson, Voynov, and then a plethora of seriously gifted defenders waiting in the folds down the line. We put our biggest focus on the defensemen in this organization, unfortunately all of our offensive guys are youngsters, but they need to shake it off and take control because they're the biggest key to kick start our offense into overdrive. They need to utilize their speed and skating, get down low, make calculated shots away from blockers into high traffic areas, and pour on the pressure.

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Agree. The weak side defenseman needs to start sneaking down near at least the top of the circle and sometimes right down to the net on the weak side.

Forwards can't accept being channeled to the boards and have to get shots off from inside the house and be there when the puck goes back to the point and is shot to get tips and rebounds.

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Forwards need to get to the net and find themselves open in shooting areas. We just need more movement in the offensive zone in general. The defensemen need to be quicker and take liberties. Our blueline NEEDS to be producing. That is where Lombardi placed all his chips. We are strong down the middle, on the blue line, and in goal, but weak on the scoring wings.
Did you know the Kings are a top 5 goal scoring team by defensemen? This with a 30th ranked offense overall.

The forwards are the ones that need to start scoring. And that happens by driving the net and taking shots from the middle instead of the boards.

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Did you know the Kings are a top 5 goal scoring team by defensemen? This with a 30th ranked offense overall.

The forwards are the ones that need to start scoring. And that happens by driving the net and taking shots from the middle instead of the boards.
How are they with assists/points? It starts on the back end. Our defense is making all the money. They've got to pave the way. Need to take control from the back end.

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How are they with assists/points? It starts on the back end. Our defense is making all the money. They've got to pave the way. Need to take control from the back end.
You don't get a lot of assists when you are 30th in total offense.

I'm too lazy to figure it out for all teams, but they are probably near the top of the league in points percentage.

Kings are at 26.6% points by defensemen. 24.4% of the goals are by defensemen.

Detroit has the most defensive goals and are at 24.7% for points and 20.9% of goals.

Vancouver is also near the top in goals and are at 27.4% for points and 17.6% of goals.

Defensive points percentage:

Florida is at 32.8% (20.6% goals)

St. Louis is at 28.6% (19.1% goals)

Flyers is at 24.4% (10.8% goals)

NYR is at 25.1% (14.7% goals)

Boston is at 22.0% (11.9% goals)


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