I have watched the Kings’ shots during the losing streak but I wanted to keep actual track of it in the game against the Blues. The NHL statistics follow shots on goal and blocked shots. They do not keep track of shots that go wide or shots that never get to the net for reasons other than a blocked shot (deflection, off our own player, etc).
Against the Blues, L.A. had 24 shot attempts that went wide or never made it to the net. The St. Louis Blues had 9. The numbers may be off by a few, as there is some subjectivity I suppose on what is considered a shot on goal. I considered a shot on goal anything that was intended for the net, was not a dump in, an intentional miss or a pass.
That 24 number is staggering but par for the course lately. It also tells us Murray’s “shot mentality” (while on a fundamental level the correct approach) fails under his system. If the opposing team knows where you are passing the puck more often than not, then you are going to face a defender and traffic most of the time before you release a shot. Henceforth, that shot mentality is no mentality at all and is flawed because the offensive structure doesn’t allow for its effective execution.
But hey, there are always countless variations of line changes. Who needs lanes, creativity and shots that get on net when we can put 4th line wingers in the top 6 so we can get a “spark”. Perhaps Terry’s new nickname should be “Sparky”, not what a friend and die hard Kings’ fan suggested in “Topsy Turvy Terry”