WILL TERRY MURRAY SWITCH THE LA KINGS’ LINES AGAIN?
That is what we call a rhetorical question. I won’t belabor this but I am willing to go out on a limb here and say we are soon going to see an LA Kings‘ first line of Ryan Smyth-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams and a second line of Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Dustin Brown.
I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am. Terry Murray is very predictable and this is the only measured response he has ever had to a poorly played game. It may happen before the next game. I hope I am wrong. We shall see.
Regarding the game, I have slowly watched Anze Kopitar turn into a grinder. Until yesterday’s match against the Vancouver Canucks, I have been in denial but studying him yet again hang around the perimeter, refuse to take the puck to the net on a rush but elect to skate behind it and play his forward position back and away from the high percentage scoring areas (hash marks, between the circles whether low or high) has led to the conclusion that a combination of Terry Murray’s system and Anze Kopitar’ s unwillingness to go to the hard areas have stunted his maturation and development. It’s a shame really. Big skilled centers with speed and soft hands don’t grow everyday on NHL trees. Ours has been reduced to something different. I hope that too will change. GO KINGS!