And why the **** was Voynov scratched tonight? If they are showcasing Martinez, his value just dropped after that bonehead play into Tlusty's pads.
Just shoot it wide like Scuderi does every time..
Can't fault Bernier too much either, because when he's in net, they don't seem to play hard. I've seen this the entire year. Maybe they think he's better than Quick and he will save their ass, but they just never seem to help him out like they do with Quick.
Then again, 1 goal in two games, is not going to help your quest to pick up any points for the stretch run.
Bad loss. Usually you give the team a break after that hard fought 1-0 loss vs St Louis (one of the best teams in the West) last night, but these are points you just have to have against bad teams like Carolina.
Kings created some chances throughout the game but just can't finish around the net. They don't have any finishers up front who can clean up the trash for the garbage goals. Penner is big, but he doesn't want to stand in front of the net and take the beating necessary to score those types of goals. That's where you miss a guy like Simmonds, and those types of guys are so important when you look at teams that have won the cup recently like Byfuglien with Chicago, Lucic and Horton with Boston, Holmstrom and Franzen with Detroit, etc.
So not only do these Kings need a high end scoring winger but also a guy to clean up the garbage in front of the net and set some screens/make the goalie's life miserable.
It's just a matter of skill. We are light on skill, heavy on grit. Grit has gotten us this far but unless we get Gagne back or Penner commits himself each shift there will be many more of these. It's not the coaches fault. We had to see a hell of a lot of guys like Richardson, Lewis, Hunter, Clifford inside 4 minutes. Half of our top 6 will not crack 18 points at their pace. I'm starting to see Richards be visably frustrated with his wingers out there and he's on them a lot. I don't know if that is a good thing or bad.
The Kings are probably tired so lets not beat up any one person.
I guess what frustrates me the most right now is that we're in black hole territory again. These losses would be fine if we were a bad team, or a good team just dropping some games...that isn't the case. It's tough, and unexpected at this point in the process.
The world has come to an end......again.
(or at least until the next win)
Traveling team back to back games. We will be better next game.
So when do the excuses stop? It's getting to a point where it doesn't matter how hard guys like Lewis work there is no results. Until there are changes made excuses will continue like back to back games or the other team is great defensively or ram into a hot goalie blah blah blah. Worst scoring team in the league and no signs of improvement.
But ok let's give the lack of offense a pass because they are tired.