Gann Matsuda On The HockeyWriters: LA Kings Problems Move From One End Of The Ice To The Other

ANAHEIM, CA — If it’s not one thing, it’s another for the Los Angeles Kings these days.

After losing five of their previous six games heading into their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 27, the general theme of those games for the Kings was too many blown defensive zone coverages, not playing physical in front of their own net and plenty of turnovers all over the ice.

The LA Kings worked on getting bodies and pucks to the front of their
opponent’s net during practice on November 30, 2010 at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Cailfornia.
Photo: David Sheehan
Fast forward two games and the Kings have now lost seven out of their last eight, with a 2-1 loss to Chicago and a 2-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim on November 29.

The Kings picked up their play in their own zone in the two defeats, cutting down on the blatant blunders and being more physical in front of their own net. But scoring just once in two games is not going to result in wins.

Against the Blackhawks, the Kings rarely threatened, failing to get bodies or pucks to the front of the net much at all. They were unable to score until they got a five-on-three power play late in the third period.

By then, it was too little, too late…

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3 thoughts on “Gann Matsuda On The HockeyWriters: LA Kings Problems Move From One End Of The Ice To The Other

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  1. i remember st.louis team in 09 that seemed snakebit at home for most of the season but after a strong stretch run, still managed to make the playoffs. the Kings are gonna be fine, it is just stressful to see this slide.

  2. Eric, what concerns me is that Blues team missed the playoffs last year after that successful run in 08-09…that seem eerily familiar right now??? I just hope our boys stop reading the preseason clippings and get back to playing with the chip on their shoulder.

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