That is what the Kings managed to generate today against the Nashville Predators in a 1pm matinee game. In fact, for most of the game, as I sat in section 214 with a friend (who kindly called me with an extra ticket), I wondered what the hell happened to our Kings because the team on the ice did not resemble much of anything I have seen since game 1 of the season. I don’t mind hard fought 3 periods that results in a loss.  But today’s game has nothing positive to speak of, not from any player, any line, not even a shift that was worth mentioning.  Post Penguin hangover, the low after two emotional highs, whatever the excuse is, it better be dead and buried before the next match.

Neither team could generate much offense in the first though the Predators controlled the play and the pace for most of the period.  The Kings looked out of sync and were at least one step behind every Predator.  Do not misunderstand. The Predators offered nothing special. They looked like an AHL team while the Kings looked like a talented bunch of beer leaguers.  The first period ended without either team scoring. Terry Murray’s timeout near the mid-way point of the first was well timed and well deserved, but it did nothing to get the team going.

The second started with the Kings on a 2 man advantage. The Kings played the power play as badly as even strength. Frances Bouillon gave the Predators a 1-0 lead after Quick could not control and Bouillon put in the rebound. The Kings had no answer and had difficulty with the most basic passes, breakouts and entrances into the zone.  The third period saw the Predators go up 2-0 on a Cody Franson slap shot and though Dustin Brown cut the deficit to one, the Kings just didn’t want this one.

Nobody panic.

Disappointment builds character.  There is much to be learned from playing like garbage including but not limited to how not to play like one.

Categories: L.A. Kings News



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