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2010-11 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Defense And Goaltending Was Their Strength

2010-11 YEAR IN REVIEW: Part 2 of a series.


LOS ANGELES — Although their offense left much to be desired during the 2010-11 season, the Los Angeles Kings were one of the best defensive teams in the league.

After being a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy last season, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was not bad in 2010-11. Nevertheless, after such a solid 2009-10 season, his play this
season was still a major disappointment.
Photo: David Sheehan

Solid goaltending from Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier, strong play on the blue line by their defensemen most of the time, and contributions by the forwards to the defensive effort combined to put in the Kings among the top ten defensive teams in the National Hockey League, ranking sixth, allowing an average of 2.39 goals per game.

Indeed, defense is a team effort, but in Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s look back at the players, coaches and front office during the 2010-11 season, it’s time to focus on the defensemen and goaltenders.

LEGEND: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; P = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes; PP = Power Play Goals; SH = Shorthanded Goals; GW = Game Winning Goals; OT = Overtime Goals; S = Shots; TOI = Time On Ice/Game; SFT = Shifts/Game; FO% = Face-Off Winning Percentage

Jack Johnson

2010-11 Regular Season: 82 GP, 5 G, 37 A, 42 P, -21, 44 PIM, 3 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW, 0 OT, 153 S, 23:11 TOI, 25.9 SFT

2009-10 Regular Season: 80 GP, 8 G, 28 A, 36 P, -15, 48 PIM, 3 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW, 0 OT, 130 S, 22:36 TOI, 24.4 SFT

2010-11 Playoffs: 6 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, -2, 0 PIM, 1 PP, 0 SH, 1 GW, 0 OT, 16 S, 22:48 TOI, 28.5 SFT

2009-10 Playoffs: 6 GP, 0 G, 7 A, 7 P, -5, 6 PIM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW, 0 OT, 15 S, 23:41 TOI, 25.5 SFT

Jack Johnson got off to a solid start this season, taking up the slack from Drew Doughty (see below) during the early going. His skating and puck-handling abilities shined through often, even though he was never the key guy you wanted on the ice in key defensive situations, as his team-worst -21 rating indicates. Read more of this post

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Gann Matsuda On The Hockeywriters.com: LA Kings Looking For More From Second Line

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are 1-1 two games into the 2010-11 National Hockey League regular season, and while it is way, way too early to identify trends, either positive or negative, the Kings have scored just twice in the two games, once on the power play and once in a five-on-five situation.

To make matters worse, the Kings generated few chances during five-on-five situations in both games, in part because of tight checking by the Vancouver Canucks on October 9 (Kings won that game at Vancouver, 2-1 in a shootout) and by the Calgary Flames on October 10 (Flames won, 3-1, in Calgary). Read more of this post

LA Kings Head Coach Terry Murray Talks Defense, Goaltending

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In part 2 of a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray, we look at the Kings’ defense and goaltending as their 2010 training camp approaches. Look for the third and final installment of this series on Thursday, September 9.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the saying goes in hockey, defense and goaltending is what wins championships and for the Los Angeles Kings, while their goaltending looks to be on the rise, there may be a question or two on defense, despite the presence of James Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty and the increasingly confident Jack Johnson. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: Doughty, Johnson, Handzus Power LA Kings Past Canucks, 5-3

LOS ANGELES — Drew Doughty scored a goal and added three assists, Jack Johnson tallied three assists and Michal Handzus scored two goals and contributed an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in front of a standing room only crowd of 18.264 jubilant fans
at Staples Center on April 19.

The win gave the Kings a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinals series with Game 4 scheduled for April 21 at Staples Center (7:00 PM PDT).

The Canucks took an early lead when Mason Raymond scored his first goal of the playoffs at 2:06 of the first period, capitalizing on a blown coverage by Kings defenseman Peter Harrold and on Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick allowing a pass to go across the top of his goal crease.

But outside of that goal, the Canucks appeared to be more interested in punishing the Kings physically, at the expense of playing the game. Indeed, they put several big hits on the Kings, including forwards Richard Clune and Ryan Smyth. Read more of this post

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