Those are our issues as well. Taking dumb penalties has been a major factor too. I am a little worried about tonight because our defense is looking quite thin, hopefully we'll win and get to brag a little more
The one positive I was going to say about the Canucks thus far was that they hadn't been terribly undisciplined and taken stupid penalties. But then last night happened.
Good chance that Lapierre gets benched in this one, for equal parts injury and idiocy. He's had a sore groin for days, but he took a momentum-killing, bonehead penalty in the game last night. AV might not be pleased. In an ideal world, Ebbett would be sat, but he appears to be popular amongst the coaches and players, so Lapierre might sit instead.
One thing I love about Carter is no matter how invisible he can be in a game , with a simple shot he can be the game changer.
The guy knows how to find the back of the net. That's for sure. Even playing most of last year on Columbus he managed to score 21 goals in 55 games despite having an injured ankle.
I've actually been quite pleased with his play thus far this season. He looked determined when we played Chicago, and has been pretty solid for us all around, not being a liability, and battling along the boards. He has played well defensively and hasn't really done anything to be dissatisfied with.
Richards has been the cause for concern early on this season. Not only is he the worst plus/minus but now leads the team in penalty minutes all while not putting up a single point yet. He still looks sluggish and isn't coping well with the puck. I have no concerns about him turning things around, but he is definitely what is/was holding Carter and Gagne back. Hopefully today is the day he turns his luck around.
"I think part of his game is he’s over aggressive at times, which I like. We’ll tame that. I’d rather tame a lion than paint stripes on the kitty cat." - Dean Lombardi discussing Brayden McNabb
I don't think it matters. Both are beatable. Our players are more familiar with Luongo too.
Yeah but we basically put the last nail in the coffin for Luongo in Vancouver, he'll be out to prove something. This is exactly the type of game past Kings teams would lay down and die on 2-1, especially with Vancouver playing last night. Hopefully that's not the case tonight.
And Dan Moriarty? Really? We're in LA FFS, is it really that had to find someone easy on the eyes that knows anything about sports?