Yeah but we were also on the outside looking in when Terry got fired. We're still in a prime playoff spot. My beef with Sutter is that he's playing Frattin over Toffoli.
The Kings are in a prime playoff spot? Last time I checked, they would play San Jose with the Sharks having home ice, and last time I checked, the Kings weren't a very good team in San Jose. That isn't a good playoff spot, that's a death sentence. The Kings are probably going to be stuck with this spot for the rest of the season due to their play of late. Not a lot to be happy about.
The only good thing that happened this game is watching a ducks fan blow his little duck caller 10 times yelling "fan since 92!" Then getting punched in the face by another ducks fan and getting thrown out.
Anaheim is currently a hair better team than the Kings, but it really does look like the offense's confidence is just shot. Overthinking left and right.
Just in that flurry in the third:
1. That pass from Muzzin to Carter should have just gone to King.
2. Williams should have just shot instead of pass it to Brown.
3. Doughty should have just stuck with a low soft shot instead of the high one looking for a tip.
Hiller was outstanding. I'm furious at the results given the pomp and circumstance of the event, but not really that disappointed with the overall on-ice play.
Both games against the Ducks were very winnable, plain and simple. The Ducks didn't run us over like they've done with other teams, yet we have two straight losses against them. So many chances yet nobody on this damn team can finish. We held Baldy to ZERO shots, and Perry with only one [that garbage goal] and still can't win.
Why can't DL develop top 6 forwards like good GM's?
Well in fairness to DL the only players the Kings have drafted in the first round that were projected as top sixers were Schenn and Pearson. Schenn is playing pretty well and the jury is still out on Pearson.
Hard to develop first line talent when you use first round picks on Trevor Lewis, Colten Teubert, Derek Forbort and Thomas Hickey and trade away two more picks.
It just sucks because the Kings biggest needs are a partner for Doughty and a scoring line winger, so many what ifs but the Kings could have filled atleast one of those holes if they hadn't whiffed on so many picks.
They also went defense in 07 (Hickey) when they should have gone forward (Couture, Voracek) and then went forward in 09 (Schenn) when they could have gone D (OEL)
Kings passed on Giroux, Stewart, Berglund, Couture, Alzner, Voracek, Karlsson, Eberle, OEL, Tarasenko. Even one of those guys could go a long way in making this team a lot better.
I have no issues with moving a first rounder this year, this management group is good at finding later round gems but their first round drafting has been awful and anyone who defends it is a homer. The Kings don't swing for the fences in round 1, they sacrifice bunt.