THE TURNAROUND STARTS TOMORROW

Call me optimistic…or crazy…but my instincts tell me tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues, our season turns around. What? Why? Come on. I know, I can hear you. Hear me.

Willie Mitchell is still getting his legs underneath him. He now has had two starts and several days of rest including the last two. A healthy Mitchell in the defensive fold is the glue that keeps our top four playing well. Without him, the defense doesn’t work because we have to rely on Matt Greene to play top four, which he is not, and too much emphasis on the kids, Doughty and Johnson, when they don’t have the maturity to carry the defense.

A better defense means less shots get through and less rebounds hang around in front of Jonathan Quick. Less of each around Quick means he gets his confidence and “swagger” back. A Quick with swagger is a goalie I would take over just about any other in the league. Jonathan is going to find his mojo.

Surly said something to me today that made a lot of sense. That doesn’t happen too often so I will share it. We were talking about Justin Williams and he commented that Williams needs a hot center to get and stay hot. Justin feeds off his center because one that plays with speed, gets the passes stick to stick, and puts the shots on net creates the recently elusive time and space for Williams to operate. Remember when Stoll was in fuego? That is when Justin Williams was as well. Why? Because Stoll drove the opposing defenses back with his speed and puck possession game, banged bodies in the corners, put the puck on Williams’ stick and visa versa and created room for Williams to operate through the neutral zone and over the blue line. We have an all-star number one center in Anze Kopitar who has been playing well all season and possesses each of those attributes. Goodness knows Anze has been far more consistent than Jarret. So, Kopitar brings back Williams’ game and any shots that don’t land in the net are cleaned up by our other winger who is offensively hot, Ryan Smyth.

I then look at Marco Sturm who for the last two games has been getting his legs back. He is making nice passes, using his speed, taking the puck to the net and has become far more positionally sound on defense.

A hot first line, Sturm playing better, the defense back where it belongs and Jonathan Quick returning to form will do wonders for this team on both ends of the ice. I think we win the next two, go into Dallas and St. Louis and kick the crap out of both of them and, boom, you have a four game winning streak.

I can feel it.

Good things are about to happen.

LET’S GET SOME!



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25 replies

  1. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. You need to lower your expectations with Murray at the helm.

    All major stats are identical to last season (unless Hammond screwed up on his blog). This team is as good as it gets with Murray.

    Unless Lombardi can pull a #1 LW out of his ass without losing any roster players, the Kings will finish somewhere between 6-12 this season.

  2. I too have a good feeling about this game, especially with that #1 line reunited. However, we have seen the Kings bounce back and kick ass many times this season. The question is, after that four game winning streak, can they keep playing above .500, or do they climb the standings and let off the gas?

    Currently, the Kings need a 26-14-1 record to reach 100 pts.
    There are 8 games remaining this month. IMO, Kings have to go at least 6-2 to pull back into contention.
    That would leave them needing a 20-12-1 record for the remainder of the season. Much more doable…

    • Also, of those 8 remaining games, 4 are against division rivals. Kings need to treat each of those as a game 7 elimination. If they can’t play up to their ability for these games, they don’t deserve a post-season.

    • Oops, too early for math, need 26-13-1 for remainder…

  3. Yeah Williams greatest skill I think is his abilities along the boards and in the corners giving Anze more opportunities to operate and Anything knows how to create the havoc I think well see motivation tonight. Johnson not being able to carry? I disagree with that. Rest is up to the other 17 to show up and Murray to stop being a crazy idiot.

  4. Just seeing them attack without mercy will suffice. Even in losing, playing dangerous would signal the end of an already depressing trend. The Kings can’t keep it together for 60 minutes.

    I would also like to see less emphasis on puck management when things get tough, and more creative plays through the middle. The more we struggle, the more we manage. The harder it is to penatrate the middle.

    Teams are learning that once they have the lead, let the Kings cycle all they want. Just don’t give them the middle.

  5. Man, I hope you’re predictions are right…I want it so bad! Maybe the Kings do also.

  6. Hey guys,
    It’s noon and the lakingsinsiider.com is not responding. Do you guys know if it’s a sitecrash or something?

  7. Anyone except cv know?

  8. Just hav’in some fun.

  9. Hey, Surly and Scribe, have you ever thought about making some shirts. I like the logo. I would sport one.

  10. Well here we go!

    GO KINGS GO!!

  11. Go clifford the birthday boy! I’m hoping he scores a Gordie Howe hat trick!!!

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