"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
I see that Doughty's ass may be benched when the first PP unit is on the ice.
Sutter is starting to hold them ALL accountable.
SUTTER: “When you’re a low-scoring team — and this is dead-on true — and you pretty much always stick to the same guys on the power play, it becomes a little bit like they’re getting their power-play time irregardless of how they do. The two goals we scored the other night weren’t from the traditional guys on it. It’s moving Brownie down to another unit, and then moving other guys. I think Voynov is going to put some pressure on Doughty in those situations. We’ve been experimenting with Mike (Richards) on the point. We’ll continue to do that, because he’s been successful in the past at it. Hopefully it gives us some different looks. It’s just like asking, after that game in Phoenix, what was wrong with our penalty killing. Well, they weren’t traditional goals that they scored. They were coverage goals. Every game, it’s just those little things that are so fine now."
We have to win this game now to keep up with Dallas. Thanks Vancouver.
Dallas still would have the ROW (Regulation/Overtime Wins) tiebreaker quite comfortably.
I didn't get this calculated in the PGT from the last game, but going into this one:
92 points would be needed to push Dallas out of the 8th place spot. That's 24 more than the Kings currently have, so they need to go 12-8 (.600 hockey) in the final 20 games just to make the playoffs. They'd need 98 to overtake Phoenix for the Pacific title -- that would be a record of 15-5 (.750 hockey).
Current pace has them finishing one point behind Dallas and in 9th place.
The SPP (13-8-8) is .586, which would net them 91 points... and losing the ROW tiebreaker to Dallas and missing the playoffs.