Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: Los Angeles Kings: Fixing The Defense Must Be The Top Priority
November 22, 2010 3 Comments
LOS ANGELES — Despite ending their three-game losing skid with a 4-3 shootout victory at Boston on November 20, the Los Angeles Kings are not firing on all cylinders as they head into the Great White North to face the Ottawa Senators on November 22 and the Montreal Canadiens on November 24.
In recent games, the Kings have been plagued a less-than-anemic power play that has sunk to 24th in the thirty-team National Hockey League through games played on November 21 (14.5 percent rating), and has scored just once in their last ten power play opportunities.
Even worse have been the costly turnovers and poor defensive zone coverage, including their penalty-killing, which has suddenly looked more than a little disorganized while allowing five power play goals in their last 18 times shorthanded, a very poor 72.2 percent rating.
Their three-game slide began with a 6-3 loss at San Jose on November 15, a game in which the Kings coughed up the puck often and paid little attention to their defensive responsibilities. That left backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to fend for himself, facing one scoring chance after another from right in front of his net…
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