The LA Kings and Minnesota Wild (8-4-3) have a few things in common.
They both have great fans, die-hard , intense and more than a little frustrated.
Both teams worked hard to boost their offense in the offseason but have failed on the ice. The L.A. Kings average 2.25 goals per game. The Wild average a dismal 2.13, for 28th in the league.
Both teams are solid defensively. Minnesota is a very stingy 1.87 goals against, good for number one in the league…”holy shit, did Jacque Lemaire return behind the bench?” No. The LA Kings sit in 6th place at 2.25.
Both teams have a habit of taking dumb and undisciplined penalties that is costing them games. In fact, the Wild have taken 6-7 penalties per game in the past several.
I have not see an official report, but I heard the big and talented left wing, Guillaume Latendresse may not play tonight due to concussion symptoms. He may have suffered a
concussion upper body injury in Thursday’s loss against the San Jose Sharks.
What can we expect from the Wild? If stats are any indicator, possibly a 1-0 or 2-1 game. I hate that the Wild have twitter imbecile and hand shake snubbed, Devin Setoguchi (4 goals, 4 assists) because, as much as I can’t stand him or his foolish face, he is a talented winger who can bury the puck and has had success against us. There is also fellow former Shark, Dany Heatley (5 goals, 5 assists). It will be a reunion of sorts, with these two contemptibles playing in a different jersey.
The Kings come into this game struggling to score goals. Our biggest handicap is behind the bench. Tonight’s match, however, is a Terry Murray type of game. If the LA Kings cannot shut down the 28th offense in the league, then I will await Murray’s immediate resignation. Special teams may be the key to a victory or another frustrating night at Staples Center.
This is your open forum for pre-game and game night thoughts and tidbits. Are we going to pull this one out? Or will Terry Murray take another step toward the firing line?