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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Kings Gameday: Feeling Charitable

Los Angeles Kings (blech) vs. San Jose Sharks (18-12-5, 2nd in Pacific)

The Kings are terrible, and a big part of this has been their propensity to turn over the puck. The Kings have 5 players in the top 20 of turnovers; that's not good. Lubomir Visnovsky leads the league in giveaways, Kopitar is 2nd, Frolov is 6th, Brown is 14th, and Jack Johnson is 20th. These are all players on the team who are responsible for carrying the puck up ice. Why can't the Kings carry the puck up the ice consistently? There are two possible reasons: either the Kings' offensive system puts too much pressure on individual players to get the puck into the zone, or the above players aren't good enough. I don't think it's door #2, so I'm inclined to believe that Crawford isn't creating an adequate gameplan. He's just saying, "Hey, go score," and then sending them out there. I don't know, maybe I just like blaming Crawford because it means there isn't something wrong with their personnel, but something needs to change. Their breakout is horrible, their break-in is atrocious, and they basically suck ass at hockey and also life. Hopefully that can change tonight.

Prediction: Kings win, 5-3. Kopitar (x2), Frolov, Preissing, and Lubo all score.


Megalodon said...

Is it worse to come into a season with aspirations of making the playoffs, and then to be the Kings, or to be a popular pick for the Stanley Cup, and then to be the maddeningly inconsistent and troubled Sharks?

CKim said...

I'd have to say the former because at least the Sharks aren't in the cellar. But at the same time, I'm glad we don't have one guy carrying the team, more like 20+ guys floundering around for a life vest.

Earl Sleek said...

The Sharks still got plenty of time to figure their shit out--the Kings could figure it all out today and still would be golfing in the spring. You gotta side with the team that's playoff-bound; anything can happen once you're there.