Jonathan Quick now has more victories than any other LA Kings goaltender, including the great Rogie Vachon. He was humble in this honor. He deflected the accolades. His greatness as a goalie and his response to this milestone are what make him who and what he is to Kings fans. Are we worthy? I don’t know. We are blessed.
Jonathan Quick’s name will hang one day from our rafters. May it do so with several Stanley Cup banners near it.
Jarret Stoll is great for Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. He brings work ethic, experience and a 200-foot skill set to the kids on each side. He brings balance. Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are great for Jarret Stoll. The young guns bring speed, bright eyes, bushy tails and soft hands that give Stoll room to play and feed off the exuberance. It’s a good line. It will need to be good in the playoffs so we can have a top 9 that can score.
Dustin Brown’s injury is a concern. He should not push the knee, leg, ankle, whatever it is which has been hampered. We can make the stretch run without him. We will make the playoffs.
And to speak of the playoffs means we must speak of…park and ride…oh yeah, park and ride. Shit, I guess we can’t speak about the playoffs.
Mike Richards scored a goal. It was one of very few. Now would be a good time for Richards to get his game back. He looks like an older version of himself…not a year or two older but about 8. He isn’t old enough to look that way. He is in his prime and I don’t believe he has peaked early. If he gets hot around playoff time and through it, then very few of us will remember the ice-cold streak that has been this season. If not and this kind of production continues, I would not be surprised to see his name bounce around in trade talks. I still believe in Richards. The guy is money when it matters most.
Marion Gaborik may be a little bit slower but he is still damn fast. He may be a little bit older but he still plays like he is within his prime. He may not be a great 200 foot player but he sure as hell knows what to do in the other hundred feet. Gaborik has been a pleasure to watch and he and Kopitar have a natural chemistry. I could watch them pass, shoot and score all day. He has rejuvenated Anze.
Jake Muzzin had a nice game against Florida. I mean, it was Florida so don’t get carried away but he was…gasp…smart. A smart Jake Muzzin would make Surly and I very happy because the kid has the skills for being a top four. It’s the place between the ears and hockey sense that has been the thorn.
We play Philadelphia and another team I cannot remember in the next two.
Even after we lost 3 in a row, I didn’t get the sense the team was in trouble. I have a cautiously good feeling about our direction. While there are questions, the answers are all here…sometimes, the puzzle pieces have to figure things out themselves and fit in the right places.
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