Good things come in threes.
The Kings score a bunch of goals.
Andrei Loktionov gets called up.
And now, most likely, Slava Voynov will be back.
Unfortunately, when they say good things come in threes, they neglect to mention that for every yin there is a yang.
Penner is hurt. He may be under-performing, but we don’t go so far as to wish ill on anyone… OK, well maybe a quick bout of the clap (since he hasn’t done enough to make us clap, yuck yuck).
Loktionov doesn’t have a spot to play at center, which could go either way. Today he skated on left wing with Richards and Brown. We saw Loktionov play on Kopitar’s left wing last year, something we all thought would work out wonderfully but ultimately did little to ingratiate Loki in coach Dilapidus’ eyes. Maybe that was just Loktionov not being ready for NHL top 6 minutes in general, or maybe he just can’t adapt a game to the wing that is so beautifully suited to a puck-distributing center. Is this another move in the trend of playing Purcell on left wing and Parse on the right? I don’t think so, but the point is we know that Loki shines at center, so until Wednesday we can only hope and believe that he will be equally bright alongside Richards and Brown. Personally I think his game will mesh very well with the smart smash mouth that is Richards and the b-line that is Brown.
Alec Martinez is hurt. The hit that shouldn’t have been a major turned out to be enough to likely put Martinez on the IR. While this does not change my opinion on the hit’s legality, it is highly unfortunate that “he’s not going to be out there for a little bit,” according to Murray. This coming fresh off Alec’s play coming back around to the level he left it last season. We wish him a speedy recovery, no STDs, although we may wish that Voynov keeps him off the game-day roster when he heals.
Now there is a chance that Slava doesn’t get called up. It’s possible no one does, or that Muzzin or Hickey get the nod instead. This has to depend on whether there is any thoughts towards evaluation at play in Lombardi’s head. Does he want to give Muzzin another crack to see how his game has come along? Does he want to finally give Hickey a chance to prove he wasn’t a complete waste of a high draft pick? Hopefully, Lombardi knows the team is walking too fine a line right now to fuck with this in any way other than to bring up the best man for the job, which is without question, Slava Voynov.
What will be really fun, assuming that it is Slava, is getting a true side-by-side comparison of Voynov to Doughty. Of course Doughty is the generational talent and Voynov hasn’t proved shit in the grand scheme as of yet, but with Doughty’s offensive game only starting to peak through the clouds and his defensive game still leaving a lot to be desired, I will be curious to see if Voynov can steal the show. It’s one thing to outperform the memory of a player, it’s another to do it head to head. I’m hoping that these two will push each other, that Doughty will not like having another defensemen play a similar style at a high level and perhaps snap out of his expensive funk.
I am thrilled to have Loki back and I hope to feel the same about Slava by tomorrow. Now we just need to know who the 4th line will be against the Ducks on Wednesday. Which brings us to a short discussion on….
Colin Fraser. We are liking this guy, aren’t we? His game is very similar to Richardson, though Fraser is a bit bigger and nastier, but lacks some of Richie’s foot speed and puck handling. I think Fraser absolutely deserves another game, but to me, Richardson is a staple of the lineup. Will Murray put both of them on the 4th line? That could lead to some great things. Or will Murray bench one of them again since they are similar? You know he wants to play Westgarth against the Ducks. Personally I’ve over the sad, contrived bouts between Westy and George Parros. I think either Moreau or Lewis has to be scratched. For the Ducks, the notorious dime-dicked street thugs of the Pacific, let’s go with Lewis. Ethan showed instant chemistry with Fraser and while Lewis certainly played well on the right side the other night, I think it is a crime to bench Richardson. Moreau-Fraser-Richardson please.
Crossing my fingers, secondary scoring, here we finally come!
GO KINGS GO!