Kings vs. Lightning Open Forum: Who Will Suck Less At What They Suck The Most?

The Kings are near the top of the league in fewest goals against. Their offense is ranked 30th.

The Lightning are near the top of the league in offense and goals scored. Their defense is ranked 30th.

Each team sucks for different reasons.

Tonight, one team will suck less.

Who will it be?

It makes me sad to say that Jarret Stoll and Dustin Penner are very close to reaching a “dead to me” status. If I am Mike Richards, I look to my left and right and wonder what the hell I did to deserve these two as my wings.

If Jarret ever wants to wear an L.A. Kings jersey beyond this season, he will get his floating and offensively challenged ass in gear. I wonder if the arthritis and/or hand injuries he had last season have taken a toll or an unspoken turn for the worst. I don’t see him even trying to get open for the shot anymore.

As for Penner, eat more pancakes.

If there are no line changes, and if memory serves me correctly, Clifford was on the Richards line. There were so many adjustments made in the last game (third period to be exact), I couldn’t keep up.

I read Alec Martinez will play in Slava Voynov’s place. Showcasing Alec? Maybe. Doubt it. Who knows.

The first line looks good. Justin Williams has that “swagger” in his game. Kopitar is Kopitar. Like a young Joe Thornton. Brown has picked up the hitting as a power forward should.

Loktionov is still looking for his first goal, right? Brad Richardson has, what? Three? Lewis? Two? Pathetic.

What is Dean Lombardi to do? This is the price you pay for being overly focused on defense and goaltending (and building a damn good D by the way) and not bringing balance to the team. We unfortunately reap what he sowed.

Bottom line: The L.A. Kings have to win as a team. Each line must play the same game. There is a reason Darryl Sutter constantly expresses or implies that there is no 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th line. He is exclaiming that the forecheck, getting the puck in the scoring zone, net presence, offensive creativity (notice how many one timers the Kings now attempt each game when we used to see it once every few months?), back checking and defense is each line’s equal responsibility. We are not talented enough at wing to rely on our talent at wing to win games, not with players like Stoll, Penner, Lewis, Richardson, Westgarth, Hunter and even Clifford being relied upon to score goals on the left and right.

It’s win(g) by committee where every player reads from the same script, plays the same aggressive game or collectively fails.

Unfortunately, I still see a team that, at times and when they are at their worst, playing like it has the components of a scoring line, checking line, a shut down line and a “classic” fourth line. That is not what Sutter is preaching. His words could not be any more clear to me. The boys have to break out of this funk wherein they are reverting to bad habits and failing to play an aggressive 3 man forecheck with an active D1. They must do that on a consistent basis if they want to cure their offensive ills.

Will they do it? Are two consecutive road losses enough? Will Dean Lombardi draft another defenseman in the coming draft? All good questions.

This is your open forum.



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34 replies

  1. I look back on the trades and I see what DL was trying to do. Pens was a fairly consistent 20+ scorer. Gagne and Richards had that history at one point. Gagne was well definitely a risk with his injury history but who would of guessed that Pens would be complete dogshit.

  2. $3M in cap space before the IR to Parse and Gagne is going on it as well.

    My guess is Carter.. he’s pals with M. Richards and probably could be had for Bernier and Hunter and/or Gagne and/or Voynov and/or Martinez…

  3. It makes me sad to say that Jarret Stoll and Dustin Penner are very close to reaching a “dead to me” status. If I am Mike Richards, I look to my left and right and wonder what the hell I did to deserve these two as my wings.

    Dustin Penner, last 18 games: 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
    Jarret Stoll, last 18 games: 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
    Mike Richards, last 18 games: 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points

    … I’m thinking that if I’m Richards, I don’t look to my left or right, but instead directly forward – into a mirror. Maybe if Richards wants Stoll and Penner to get their games up, he should get his own game up, too.

    I read Alec Martinez will play in Slava Voynov’s place. Showcasing Alec? Maybe. Doubt it. Who knows.

    … More like Voynov doesn’t get to play because the Kings can’t have nice things.

    What is Dean Lombardi to do?

    … He’s done enough, thanks.

    Unfortunately, I still see a team that, at times and when they are at their worst, playing like it has the components of a scoring line, checking line, a shut down line and a “classic” fourth line. That is not what Sutter is preaching.

    … Somewhere, Terry Murray is laughing and saying “you thought my offense didn’t work, huh? Now you’re scoring even less!”

    Will Dean Lombardi draft another defenseman in the coming draft?

    … Not if he gets fired before the draft. It’s high time for the architect of all of this to be held accountable.

    • Oh let’s just ignore that before his concussion Richards was kicking serious ass and that those 5 points Penner and Stoll have scored signify the HIGH point of their entire season.

      • Oh let’s just ignore that before his concussion

        … Doughty had a concussion this season as well, yet he’s been the whipping boy of the season. What makes Richards exempt? Funny how double standards work.

        • Didn’t say Richard was exempt. False comparison. Richards needs to step up his game too but you compared Richards and Stoll and Penner, not Richards and Drew.

          • Didn’t say Richard was exempt.

            … Then don’t use the concussion as an excuse.

            you compared Richards and Stoll and Penner

            … And they’ve been better than Richards over the last 18 games. Why is this so hard to understand???

          • I didn’t, I considered not even mentioning it at all, sorry i did. The point was that at least 1/2 of Richards season has been awesome and that all of Stoll and Penner’s have sucked.

          • Forgot to respond to the second half of your post.

            1 point is better? All 3 have been equally disappointing.

        • What season are you watching? Do you mean last season? Last season after his consussion in October he sucked all the way through until almost the end of the season. This season doughty didn’t have a concussion he had a seperated shoulder for that stupid unnecessary charge of his early in the seasom

    • I started reading this comment, thought, this sounds like JT, scrolled back up and went, ‘yep’! How do you expect Richards to do anything with those two? You had to bring in Doughty defense too didn’t you? I’ve got much less to say, but I knew this comment was coming the moment I read the main article bits about Richards needing new linemates…

      • And all concussions are the same, right? Ganger hasn’t done anything since his, does that mean Richards is doing amazing? Production after a concussion isn’t a useful measure, especially when comparing forward and defense.

        • Production after a concussion isn’t a useful measure, especially when comparing forward and defense.

          … Translation: Facts aren’t relevant when they go against the players I love and favor.

  4. GO KINGS!!!

  5. Fire that fucking horn operator. 2-1 Kings!

  6. WOOOOHOOOO! If anybody needs a goal on the Kings it’s Pancakes.

  7. Those 3 faceoffs on the 4rth line could of been nasty for the Kings with a tired line caught on the ice, but they persevered. Awsome job for the 4rth line.

  8. … I’d rather see Penner shoot that on the 2-on-1.

  9. Amazing how this team plays when the pace is fast.

  10. There we have it, among the lessees shitty defense loses. Or, shitty offense scores against shitty defense more often then good offense…well you get the idea.

    Beside the horn I think we saw a first…a Doughty took a wrist shot from the point…that’s right, a point shot with no windup.

    Trade? Why bother? They jell or they don’t.

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