LOS ANGELES — Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Kings have put it all together in December, earning a 9-3-0 record this month.
If you listen really carefully, you might even hear some whispers saying that the Kings are starting to look like they just might be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender now, as they are playing even better than they did during their 12-3-0 start this season.
Indeed, the Kings have shored up their defensive zone play in a big way, after an abominable stretch where they lost seven out of eight games as their suddenly porous defense was allowing gift-wrapped goals after blowing defensive coverages, one after another.
Fast forward to this final week of 2010, they are ranked second in the National Hockey League on defense, allowing 2.23 goals per game, through games played on December 28, 2010. Only the Boston Bruins are better, allowing 2.03 goals per game.
“We’ve been stressing team defense—defensemen and forwards working together, taking care of your responsibilities,” said defenseman Rob Scuderi, following a win over the Calgary Flames on December 9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Hopefully, we cut their [scoring] chances down. It seemed to work out well tonight, and the last few nights. Hopefully, we can stay with it.”
Kings forwards are contributing to the defensive effort in a big way…
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