“How About This Fucked Up Team, Right Here?”

It’s easy to look at this game and state Jimmy Howard stole it. But that would be the incomplete story line to the L.A. Kings 3-2 fall to the Detroit Red Wings. The complete story line would include an awful game by Jonathan Quick including two bad goals (the second and third). Howard didn’t “steal” this anymore than Quick gave it away, wasting a solid effort by some of the L.A. Kings forward core (Mike Richards excluded), including Brown, Kopitar and the season’s star so far, Kyle Clifford.

Speaking of Mike Richards, it’s time for him to sit. A healthy scratch for a game or two will do him some good. I am not “hating.” I just think he is squeezing his stick way too tight and has psyched himself out. He looked infinitely frustrated out there and I don’t know if anyone is more upset at his performance more than him. He had a good game, two games ago against Columbus but that is a little like saying Surly banged a homeless, horny, gypsy girl.

A few bullet points:

  • Keaton Ellerby sucked. “Hey look, a puck, think I will throw it up the middle.”
  • Slava Voynov and Rob Scuderi struggled as a pairing. Credit Detroit for exposing our defense early on. They looked to attack the net and go through us, until they started to run out of gas.
  • Drew Doughty’s “poke” pass to nobody at the end was the exclamation point on our frustrations. The puck hates us right now.
  • It may be time for a sacrifice to the Hockey Gods. Anybody have a spare cat?

Tomorrow, we play St. Louis…think they have had the game circled on their calendar? Jonathan Bernier better play, not because I think he will necessarily be better but I am not sure he can be worse than what I saw from Quick today.

Keep the faith but feel free to scream.



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33 replies

  1. This is how dire the Kings situation is: we don’t have Eastern Conference teams beating Western Teams for us. Someone above us is ALWAYS getting at least one point every game

  2. Think we had the Best Energy game of season… saw one Good D play and dad roes of moves by Slava and Scuds..not all bad..yes Drew had been..sloppy..hesitant with shooting..finding seam..maybe in physical form..but not game form…Love Cliffy! Thought he and Carts got robbed a few times..Stollie looks frustrated.. Richards..just don’t know.. but like better with Nolan and King. Brownie plain unlucky..he is putting out effort..as is Williams…Kopi..shoot more…Please! And Everyone stay alert and start talking more…Quickie..hope to God his back really is ok..we are always the Last to know.. but he does look more like a stick shift then a automatic right now…did not watch newbie..cause I like torture will re-watch game and focus on him.
    GO KINGS GO!!!
    WWTC!!!

  3. Do you recommend heavily binge drinking until the team pulls their heads out of their respective asses?

    This team needs to keep the opponents out of the slot. They are so exposed in the middle. They seem to try to force to the outside and it bites them in the ass with the exception of Doughty’s fuck ups.

  4. I think the lines should look something like this to add some balance:

    Gagne Kopitar Carter
    Brown Richards Williams
    Clifford Stoll Lewis
    Penner Fraiser Nolan

    Doughty Scuderi
    Voynov Drewiski
    Martinez Ellerby

    First line provides speed and scoring threat, second line gives you some bruisers and playmaking ability, third and fourth lines should create puck possession time thru the cycle.

    What do you guys think?

  5. I want to see Bernier in net for a few games in a row not just one fucking game hear and another there. Quick doesn’t deserve the net right now and I think it will do him some good to watch from the bench. Lets see what Bernier can do when he is actually given a shot at gaining some momentum and getting a feel for the puck.

    • Are you inferring that it isn’t giving him enough of a shot to bring him into a wide-open mess of a game when someone else has started? If so….. whatever gave you that idea? (no sarcasm fonts on this site)

  6. This one hurt. A dagger…

    • that’s two daggers this year

      • in only ten games….. then if you figure one goal scored in two games vs. the preds that sort of equals two half daggers…. so I’d say three on the season.
        Then no daggers, but just total consternation for a team that seems incapable of scoring the first goal and leading at the end of the first period.

    • Well I just finished watching the game and dagger is right. That was brutal. What a fucking heartbreaker. To say Quick was terrible is to have a loose definition of the term, but he certainly didn’t come up big enough to win and was outplayed by Howard, much like the Wings were outplayed by the Kings even though the Wings still play pretty damn well for the majority of the game.

      I want to see our team splitting the D like the Wings do.

      I will, in an effort not to hurt myself today, take away from this game purely how awesome Kyle Cifford is. Put that boy in a scoring role and man does his whole demeanor change. What a bull. He keeps up this pace of play and he will get the goals and begin to approach “force of nature” status.

      My head hurts.

    • The team looked totally deflated leaving the ice. To play their ass off to score that late goal to tie thinking they’d probably at least get a point only to have Det score the game winner right after that was brutal. The gods are cruel mutherfuckers. As they say the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. We’ve seen the view from the top of the mountain and now we must experience what it’s like to be kicked back down into the pit of hell left to stare up at the top from where we reigned just a short time ago.

      It was hard enough winning games last year due to the parity in the league. This year it’s twice as hard as every team wants to measure the strength of their team by beating the champs, the champs who dominated the playoffs. Good teams find that overdrive gear (beast mode) on their way to a Stanley cup. Great teams (dynasties) find the double overdrive gear and stay in that gear just to overcome the increased level of competition they face when defending their title. They are still a good team but they need Mitchell back and they need to find that gear, Beast 2.0.

  7. Bobby, I find it rather depressing today….. and it’s so great to come over here and see your thread line title. It made me laugh, cause that’s exactly how I was feeling.
    Btw, Quick is like the only starting goalie (other than Smith?) who has a SV% that’s lower than .900.

    No idea what the hell is wrong with that guy. Could it be the surgery… confidence issues. Just doesn’t make sense.

  8. Agree
    sit Quick,
    kick Richards in the nuts
    And find somebody to play defense for 60

  9. Woke up this morning fired up and ready for a W. Frustrated as hell all game until Martinez came through, went through the roof, and then felt like someone kicked me in the nuts. I decided to go for a mountain bike ride and crashed for the first time in forever, and then returned home to discover a pipe burst in the kitchen.

    Worst. Sunday. Ever. Damn this team…

  10. Right on the money!! I come under fire from everyone when I say this stuff.. Glad to know someone agrees!!

  11. Sit Quickie. Scratch Richards. Move Cliffy up. All excellent takes. This team is on life support right now after that crusher, BUT…we still have about 80% of the season left!…….well..yeah…that can actually be a BAD thing…..JZarris thanks for adding perspective. Ouch ;-)

  12. Kings are the most unlucky team in the league. I’m not just saying this… the stats back me up.

    The Kings lead the league right now in Fenwick Tied and Fenwick Close, both by large margins. This is VERY VERY good news. Last year, after the trade for Jeff Carter, they were 1st in the league as well, and before the trade were 4th. It’s very predictive of future success – more so than any other stat. The Kings have been a flat-out dominant possession team this year.

    Why does their record suck? Their puck luck is simply atrocious. Their 5on5 PDO (a team’s save% and shooting%) is 95. This is very bad. There is NO WAY that will last a full season. It almost always regresses to the mean. Last year, the Kings also had a horrible PDO. In the playoffs, it regressed to the mean, which to everyone else looked like “the Kings got hot.” It’s true they got hot, (their PDO in the playoffs was like 108) but it was bound to happen if only to balance out how horribly unlucky they were all season long.

    This all to say that there is virtually no way the Kings can continue to play so incredibly well and still lose so often. Keep the faith. This is a damn good team that is playing incredibly well, and is just snakebitten during the regular season, for whatever reason. The biggest concern is Quick – if he were merely average, the Kings would be at the top of the standings – but overall, they’re the exact same team that won the cup. Once Quickie is back to being himself, this team will take off.

    • A few points….. and feel free to disagree (as you sort have already have based on the comments, but)….1) they have in fact not played so incredibly well. They played incredibly well yesterday and maybe one other game. They were abysmal vs. the Ducks and also vs. Chicago. Against Nashville the second game they never really looked like scoring. They have failed to have a lead in even one game after the first period. If after ten games you haven’t had one single lead after the first period then you’re starting slow. They’ve continually given up early goals in almost every game.
      Doughty (franchise dman) is a -10. Goaltending SV% is at bottom of the league. No one forward has more than (not sure about this…. ) 5 pts?

      The fenwick may be good. The NJ Devils have lost one game out of twelve in regulation. They are playing well this season. The Kings have played well in two games. I could write a whole post as to why they aren’t scoring goals. It isn’t amazing. In spite of having Carter since late last season if you include where they are for this season they’ve been 25th (10-11), 29th (11-12), and 30th (so far 12-13… or just ’13’).

      Just my opinion.
      Oh, by all of that I’m not saying they’re playing awful. But they have loads of room for improvement.

    • Why does their record suck? Their puck luck is simply atrocious. Their 5on5 PDO (a team’s save% and shooting%) is 95. This is very bad. There is NO WAY that will last a full season. It almost always regresses to the mean.

      … Yep, and this has been something that I’ve been aware of so far this season. But, with a 48-game season, will there be enough time for the Kings to regress to the mean? If we look at last season as an example, the answer is clearly “no”. The Kings may suffer through a season where they miss the playoffs, because of poor luck.

      Now, ordinarily I wouldn’t get too worked up about it; I know the Kings are better than their record, and am satisfied with that knowledge. But, will the losses prompt Lombardi to make a stupid panic trade? I think that’s almost a certainty. Loktionov has already been foolishly dealt away for nothing, and I think others will follow.

      The Kings have won their first Cup. This was a screwy season from the beginning. Now is the time for patience, not panic.

      • To be fair, trading Loktionov was in no way a panic move. The kid wanted to move on, asked to do so, and the Kings weren’t about to call him up anytime soon.

        I know you’ll probably say “then why not Bernier too?”, but that’s different, as Bernier “plays” on the active roster and there are no real viable options for a backup in the system at the moment. At some point Jones will get a shot, but with Quick struggling right now, it won’t be anytime soon unless both Quick and Bernier bomb for another month or two, even then, I don’t see it.

        What kind of panic trade would there be? Carter? Richards? Kopi, doughty brown? Not going anywhere. Neither is Voynov. Probably not Stoll, though he might be an option for a “panic” trade. The only two guys I could foreseeably getting traded to shake things up this season would be Penner and maaaaaaybe Martinez.

        • To be fair, trading Loktionov was in no way a panic move.

          … I didn’t say that it was. It was a foolish move.

          The kid wanted to move on, asked to do so, and the Kings weren’t about to call him up anytime soon.

          … The Kings didn’t want him, didn’t think he could play at all, and thought they had enough depth at center to absorb the loss. That’s why he was dealt. That he requested a trade is mildly interesting. The Kings don’t give a fuck about player and agent requests.

          What kind of panic trade would there be? Carter? Richards? Kopi, doughty brown? Not going anywhere. Neither is Voynov. Probably not Stoll, though he might be an option for a “panic” trade.

          … Nobody thought Jack Johnson was going to be traded, did they?

          • No one thought Johnson was on the verge of being traded, but his being traded in general had been discussed by the fan base frequently. That wasn’t world shocking.

            But didn’t think Loki could play at all? What planet are you from? They thought so badly that he couldn’t play at all that they called him up frequently, invested a ton of time and money and development in him, played him for almost half the season last year and as an extra slap in the face put him in not just one, but TWO playoff games, you know, just to slap the little prick in the face for being so terrible.

            Yes, his time was with the Kings was done, something both sides seemed to agree on, but lets not just make up crap because it fits the narrative you are trying to write.

          • No one thought Johnson was on the verge of being traded, but his being traded in general had been discussed by the fan base frequently. That wasn’t world shocking.

            … I think it was shocking to a lot of people. Johnson was supposed to be one of the core players of the organization, and he got dealt off.

            They thought he was such absolute DOGSHIT that they called him up frequently, invested a ton of time and development in him, played him for almost half the season last year and as an extra slap in the face put him in not just one, but TWO playoff games, you know, just to slap the little prick in the face.

            … Yeah, he played all of eight minutes in the playoffs. How tremendous! The organization didn’t even bother to petition to have his name on the Cup because who fucking cares, right? I’m feeling the love!

          • Hey you’re talking to the guy who bought a retro Jack Johnson jersey last season.

            And yes not petitioning to put his name on the Cup was pretty shitty. So perhaps lets agree that the truth is someone in between loving the kid and thinking he couldn’t play. Because there is plenty of evidence to discount both sides (just a little more to discount yours :)

          • So perhaps lets agree that the truth is someone in between loving the kid and thinking he couldn’t play.

            … They just turned on him at some point, like they’ve turned on a few guys they’ve drafted. It’s not hard to see this.

          • It happens to every team. Part of hockey. Needs change, styles change, players change. Not anything to get fussy about. It’s going to happen again, regardless of who is in charge and what their philosophy may be.

  13. I caught a stray cat. Consider it done.

  14. Drew Doughty’s “poke” pass to nobody at the end was the exclamation point on our frustrations. The puck hates us right now.

    … Just an FYI, that pass was supposed to be taken by Stoll, who should have been positioned higher in the zone.

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