LA KINGS’ KEYS TO THE GAME AGAINST THE WILD

From Rich:

MURRAY: “We’re going to have to make sure that we’re getting pucks in, to get a forecheck and cycle game. I think scoring the first goal of the game is very important, against any team but certainly against Minnesota. The last two games that they’ve played, I’ve watched them over the last few days. When they had a lead against Chicago, they really clamped down on the checking part of it. It was a 1-4 look. The two defensemen are at the top of the circle and they gave up absolutely nothing on the scoring part of it to Chicago. I think you’ve got to give that a big focus, making sure pucks are deep, recover and get as many opportunities as you possibly can.”

I agree with Terry Murray that getting the lead is important against a team like the Minnesota Wild. However, if the Kings do fall behind, Murray’s two dimensional perimeter system will make it much harder to climb back against a team that plays a 1-4 on defense because that defensive system takes away lanes and keeps the puck to the outside. If Murray is going to keep trying to break through with the same cycle focused on the outside and getting the puck to the point for a shot that their 1-4 is designed to prevent from getting through, we may see the definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result) yet again on display.

I believe that turnovers will be a critical part of tonight’s game. The Kings have found success recently on transition, taking advantage of giveaways and turnovers and attacking with speed, something the second line with Stoll and Williams possess in spades. Look at where nearly every one of the LA Kings’ goals have come from in their wins – the middle of the ice – and almost all of them did not occur on the cycle but from turnovers and broken plays. That sort of opportunistic attack mentality has paid dividends in the past three wins while the defense did the rest. GO KINGS!



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7 replies

  1. Breaking through that 1-4 or 1-3-1 is tough. At those points when teams have the lead and drop back, I’ve noticed that teams are more than happy to let the Kings dump, and even recover the puck, because they know they can contain the cycle once they’ve isolated the 2 forcheckers away from the F3. I agree the transition game is going to be huge if we fall behind. Lets hope we get the lead and keep it, so that we don’t have to complain later about the insanity of Terry Murray. Lets Go Kings!

    Question: What happened to childish vermin? I don’t have anybody to pick on anymore.

  2. You can pick on me until he sobers up….

  3. Looks like the game plan was to play the most boring game ever, and to shoot the puck a billion times, and have only one scoring chance. This road trip is going to be LONG!

  4. Well at least we got a point without scoring any goals!

    “Thats something to be glad about. “

  5. No, it wasn’t that bad.

    We saw Doughty actually leave the point and wheel around with the puck looking for opportunity. Behind the net even!!! It’s not often that we’ve seen that this year — I’m pretty sure that’s why his line mates were confused by it. Give ‘em a few more games and they figure out that besides covering the pinch, somebody will have to get to the front of the net.

    Kopi played a solid 2 way game. Johnson and Martinez looked fine to my (untrained) eyes. Scuds, Greene, Smyth, and the old guys looked fine. Not horrible effectively but not horrible either.

    Bernier was actually pretty effective.

    Sure, I wanted a win. But we got a point, shook off the rust, and laid the groundwork for better things in Edmonton.

    When the hell did I start finding silver linings…?

    VJ

    • I had called for DD to do that about 3 weeks ago when everybody was screamin the DD’s fat montra. Last season he took players by suprise by moving laterally and finding open ice. This season players have adjusted, so the open ice isn’t there. I proposed that he not only move laterally, but forward as well. Not only to go around pressure, but to gain a few more feet on his shot, or close the gap between the attacking forwards. Maybe even drive strait to the net, if the forwards can recognize the play and drop back. I doubt very seriously that my posts had anything to do with it (since TM hasn’t adjusted to a puck possesion style yet), but I would like to see this more from DD.

      I read that same article just before I came here, and it surprised me to find a link sending me right back there. I thought I hit the back arrow. lol

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