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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Kings Gameday: Manic Depressive

Los Angeles Kings (8-9-1, 4th in Pacific) vs. Phoenix Coyotes (7-10, 5th in Pacific)

1:00 PST, Fox Sports Prime Ticket

Kings Record in November: 2-2-1

If hockey players could be mental conditions, Alex Frolov would be manic depression. (Quick rundown: Joe Thornton is agoraphobia, while Darcy Tucker would be penis envy.) He’ll go from being the worst player on the ice (unless he’s playing with Derek Armstrong) to being the best, seemingly within days or even minutes. Kings fans were gnashing their teeth at his play early in the season (when he was overcoming a groin injury), but now they’re feverishly trying to get a write-in campaign for the All-Star game on his behalf. It’s still early in the season, but could this be the year that Frolov finally figures it out? Yes, I think so.

He'll pass it eventually...

So, what really has changed about Frolov’s game this year that makes me think that? Well, he’s creating scoring opportunities, not finishing them. He has 4 goals and 15 assists on the season, a ratio way out of whack with his almost 1:1 ratio last year. I don’t have a magical answer to solve this little puzzle, but if I had to guess I’d say this was because he’s not playing on a line with Mike Cammalleri anymore. Frolov has to do a lot of the playmaking this year for his line (which has included Derek Armstrong, Ladislav Nagy, Kyle Calder, Matt Moulson, Brian Willsie, Michal Handzus, and Patrick O’Sullivan), so that means that he’s probably not going to be in the position to score as many goals. Instead, he's carrying the puck in and dishing it off.

I'd say this speaks well of Frolov's chances to keep his point production up. I don't have any concrete evidence of this, but I think it's fair to say that guys who are primarily goal scorers are more inconsistent than guys who get assists. Why? I assume it's because goals are a lot harder to create on your own, while you get another guy to work with (ha!) when you dish the puck off. This made more sense in my head, but you get what I'm saying.

I’ve been rooting for Frolov since his first year back in 2002. He’s a very gifted player who can completely take over a game when he’s on the ice. Even when Cammy passed him up in terms of production last year, I still would have picked Frolov if I could only keep one. It’s nice seeing Frolov up at the top of the King’s stat totals; the key is seeing if he can stay there.


That dude in the background is totally laughing at his shirt.

The Coyotes picked up Ilya Bryzgalov today; no word on if his helmet will be covered in famous coyotes or not. ("I like this coyote, is wily.") He would have been nice to have on the Kings, but Phoenix really needed a goalie and were higher on the waiver wire, so they snared him. I was worried that Ilya is in net tonight against the Kings, but then I remembered they were still the Coyotes. (This is going to bite me in the ass, I know it.)

Prediction: Kings win, 4-3. Goals by whoever Frolov is playing with, plus one by Kopitar.


Patty (in Dallas) said...

(This is going to bite me in the ass, I know it.)

Poor Rudy.

RudyKelly said...

(Scene: Kings locker room. Mike Cammalleri sits at his locker with a computer on his lap)

Cammy: Hey guys, check this out! That one loser blog guy wrote that we're going to kick the Coyotes ass tonight, even with Ilya in net!

Armstrong: Eff that guy, he said I suck! That's bullshit! (*Falls)

Labarbera: You know what we should do? Let's give Ilya a shut out, that'll show that prick.

Crawford: Hey, great idea! Kopy, I'm going to pull you off and on with the linemates you've been playing with all year. Blake, Lubo, get consecutive penalties to allow a goal, and then we won't get a shot in the first 10 minutes of the 3rd! Sound good?

Kings (in unison): Hell yeah! Fuck Rudy Kelly!

3 hours later...

Rudy: I hate hockey.

spade-in-victorhell said...

bryz got the shaft from a lot of teams...teams like pittsburgh..boston...tampa...feel like cheap hookers today...dumbass east coast buttfuckers....i just hope bryz doesnt shut us out next friday

p.s. i know cheap hookers doesnt really fit there but i just wanted to type that....o and woot woot and...um andheres a mispelling for the spelling nazi's "eat shitte"