"We constantly kept saying in here how important these two points were – a division game, a team that's hot right now," Drew Doughty said. "For us to win that and come out and win that third period, that was the first time I felt we were clicking like we had last year. The crowd was going nuts. We just had all the momentum that third and they had no chance."
"Souray's a huge guy and he's always trying to be an intimidator, all chirping and stuff like that," Doughty said. "For [Nolan] to step up like that and beat a guy that's bigger, stronger than him and beat him pretty good, too. It was great to see."
One thing that happens every year in the NHL is a team jumps out to a really hot start despite a real low puck possession rate and a high PDO. Last season it was Minnesota (crashed in the second half). Before that, it was Dallas (crashed down the stretch) and the year before, Colorado (crashed down the stretch). There are some good candidates for that this year, but no team's record is more of a house or cards than the Anaheim Ducks. They lead the league in shooting percentage and an anonymous Swedish goalie played lights out for them at the start of his NHL career. Since the season is so short, the Ducks probably have enough points to make the playoffs right now even as they flame out, but I don't think they'll win their division.
That in mind, the Los Angeles Kings have played 11 road games and 5 home games. They lead the league in puck-possession. They're also close to going on a Chicago-style run. Compare their numbers to last week's stats: their goaltending has improved by 12 points and their shooting has improved by 8 points, and they've gone from 30th to 26th in PDO and won a couple of games.