Grumble Grumble Ah Fuck It And Move On

I surmise that Bobby didn’t watch the game, or at the least is disinterested in recalling it. He definitely wasn’t there. We’ve had this nice thing where I write the pregames, he writes the post games, and its worked out for the most part. But I suppose we weren’t the only ones who decided not to follow a winning formula tonight.

I only caught the final 24 minutes of this one, work delays at inopportune times and sitcoms for young ones to laugh at needs making.

I arrived just in time for Jeff Carter’s 12th goal in the last 12th game, his 16th of the season. And the fun stopped there.

While I can’t attest to what transpired in the first 36 minutes of hockey, the last 24 sure wasn’t the team I saw smash Nashville on Monday, or heard about overwhelming St. Louis on Tuesday. This was the team that caved to the Canucks. The one that cowered to Chicago. It was a team of inexperienced defense and ineffective forwards. I saw Martinez and Ellerby and Muzzin, at times even Scuderi, shown how space is created and seams are slurped by veterans, preying on tender novice skaters. I saw Quick unable to smother rebounds and incapable of imbuing himself with inhuman feats to cover areas of net one simply cannot reach. I saw Kopitar ungainly, pucks unruly and luck unbecoming. I take that back. I didn’t see Kopitar.

I saw Jagr though. A man with the shade of a mullet and a scowl that I used to enjoy… In the eastern conference.

I noticed Lehtonen’s niche, stopping first opportunities and the fourth game in six nights effect on our team’s impunities.

I saw Martinez bafoonery and Ellerby tomfoolery. I saw one Doughty hip checks and the fan’s belabored chant’s inflects.

I saw a team tired and that might needs a jolt from Surly, perhaps a day off, or a poem written impurely.

I saw a game I’ll soon forget, because I may be spoiled, but I’m not yet rotten. Should the missteps of tonight find their way into Saturday’s Hrudey night, then perhaps there is a modicum of cause for concern. Until then, shrug it off, move on and harumph your way through Friday.

My only demand of the moment, is that I expect two things from coach Sutter on Saturday; Richardson in for Fraser and Drewiske in for Ellerby or Martinez. I get that, I’ll be happy.

Beyond that, the hockey gods took a night off. I suggest we do the same.



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  1. This is an awful lot of goals given up in the last few games. I would like to blame it on the lack of practice time, but a lot of teams are thriving and we are not. I cannot blame a game every other day as the problem either, since during the playoffs we played practically every other day. I know we had a week off in between each series, but we still did play every other night. This is the middle of the season, which in a regular season puts is right in the middle of December/ January. We all know what happens at that time of the year. We can only hope that early March is the new April.

  2. I know he’s rusty and needs game time, but Martinez is a weak link right now. And Sutter had this to say:
    “We didn’t get good enough goaltending tonight,” coach Darryl Sutter said. “We need to raise the save percentage. It’s one stat that doesn’t lie, right? … If you’re giving up four goals a game, you can’t win. You need better goaltending and better defence. Simple. “

    • What do you think is going on here? Yeah, the goalies haven’t been great, but it’s more than that. It’s more than just a young defense. It’s a general malaise, playing out in a lack of desperate backchecking, lack of focus in picking up and overwhelming their defensive responsibilities, the puck bouncing off of sticks as if both the stick and puck are like magnetic charges repelling one another. Maybe not enough is at stake in their minds and they are just going through the motions. Maybe we expect too much, wanting a President’s Trophy and a Stanley Cup. Whatever it is, it hurts to watch.

      • What do you think is going on here? Yeah, the goalies haven’t been great

        … You just answered your own question. THAT’s what’s going on here – the number one goalie hasn’t been great; as a matter of fact, he’s been pretty poor.

        Jonathan Quick has an .895 save percentage. Even if the season were its normal length of 82 games, we’d be a quarter of the way in. This isn’t a small slump. This is an issue.

        The Kings are in the top 10 in scoring at 5 on 5. They’re 2nd in the league in defense at 5 on 5. And, they’re about average in power play efficiency. Taken together, I’d say that’s pretty damned good. I don’t have any problem with the team’s forwards or defensemen. As a group, they’re getting it done.

        The Kings are 24th in 5 on 5 save percentage, at .905. Quick’s save percentage at 5 on 5 is .900, 44th out of 55 goalies with 200 or more minutes at 5 on 5. I’d say the main issue with the team is pretty glaring, and it’s pretty obvious.

        And, I’m pretty much done calling for Bernier to start. After he had five consecutive good/excellent starts, he was pulled against the Blues for giving up 3 goals off of deflections. Pretty damned apparent what’s going on, here.

        The organization wants to see one goalie succeed here, and ONLY one goalie. It’s gonna be Quick or bust for the Kings. If he continues to struggle, the Kings will be a borderline playoff team or out of the playoffs entirely. If he improves, the Kings will make the playoffs with quite a lot of room to spare. It’s really that simple.

        • You had me until the end. If Quick keeps being poor and Bernier doesn’t get more starts as the season goes along, then I’ll give you a nod to your conspiracy theory. but that trend is already happening, Bernier has been getting more starts. its a safe bet that he’ll start on saturday. don’t whine about him getting pulled on Tuesday – there are other reasons for pulling a goalie that aren’t a direct indictment of a goalies play and gasp! In that game it worked.

          • You had me until the end. If Quick keeps being poor and Bernier doesn’t get more starts as the season goes along, then I’ll give you a nod to your conspiracy theory.

            … I truly don’t give the first flying fuck whether anyone gives me a nod, quite frankly. I’ve seen this from start to finish – over three years, now. I didn’t just jump on this bandwagon. Pretty obvious that the same thing that’s happened the whole time is going on this year, as well. I don’t know how many times people have to be beaten over the head by it to realize that it’s going on, but that’s not my concern.

            about him getting pulled on Tuesday – there are other reasons for pulling a goalie that aren’t a direct indictment of a goalies play and gasp! In that game it worked.

            … It worked so well that the Kings gave up another goal almost immediately after they pulled Bernier. It didn’t do shit. The Kings would have won that game anyway.

          • Nostrafuckindamus over here.

          • … I don’t need to be Nostradamus to know that kind of move means nothing. People study this stuff, too; after all.

          • Well that was a mostly pointless exercise. The article presumes that the starting goalie is always the number 1, and it also assumes that if a goalie gets pulled the opponents start to try less. Waste of time.

          • … Of course it’s a waste of time. It doesn’t support your position.

          • It doesn’t really support any position. It’s using numbers to make a nebulous point because it is restricted to circumstances that don’t actually apply to the conditions you are using it against.

          • … A nebulous point? It’s basically showing that giving a goalie a hook isn’t a good move or a bad one; that “the interesting effect is that a team’s expected goal differential is worse if it changes goalies than if it does nothing.” In other words, the effect is negligible or doesn’t exist at all. And, that’s obvious to anyone who’s seen teams come back in games without having to resort to a goalie switch.

            If there was a clear difference in talent between Quick and Bernier, your assertion that the article doesn’t apply to the game on Tuesday because of the presumption that the starting goalie is always the number 1 might be valid. But there isn’t a clear difference in talent here, or at least none that we really know at this point. Quick is the number 1 because the Kings say he is, not because he’s actually better – which pretty much illustrates the problem I’ve had all along with this organization and the goalie position for the last 3-4 years.

          • Robble robble robble

          • Three years? Shit. Anyway, the team can lead in those categories or be near the top, so what? They still have catostrophic backchecking lapses and defensive zone pick-ups. The goalies do need to be better but that isn’t the whole story. Christ Dutch! Who fucked your girlfriend to get you so bitchy?

          • Anyway, the team can lead in those categories or be near the top, so what?

            … So what, indeed. Every team has defensive lapses. The Kings have fewer of them than any other team.

            The goalies do need to be better but that isn’t the whole story.

            … I’ll type this slower, OK? Goaltending the biggest problem with this team. Doesn’t mean I said the rest of the team is perfect.

          • Last few games the Kings have been slow starts. The goalies kept them in a few and then not (SL, DAL). The defense is up one day, down the next.

            Sure the numbers look great and lo a (point) gap was even starting to open. Said it before and say it again, this is not the same defense which spent last season sweeping away Quick’s pucks. If Bernier can close up his 5-hole then ride him for awhile.

  3. We got very sloppy in the 3rd and Dallas is a dangerous, relentless team. They took 3 outta 5 from us last year. It was UGLY – oh well. Thank God we came back to beat St. Louis or this would’ve been REALLY serious. We got the next two at home v Calgary and need to sweep those..

  4. Drewiske definitely needs to be put in for Ellerby. He’s a big guy he should be crushing people out there.

  5. Oh yeah, S&S, why does your clock show me and some other people as an hour ahead? I don’t care, just curious.

  6. I say Richardson in for King.
    We looked a bit slow and tired, like we left it all on the table Tues night.
    ;(
    GO KINGS GO!!!
    WWTC!!!

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