Game Day and Why Is It So Fucking Hard to Read the Trailer and Lateral Pass?

I may have worked an average of 70-80 hours per week in the past month.

I have watched very little hockey.

The one game I did watch (Thursday’s game), we won.

I am persuaded that the win had nothing to do with me watching the game.

But for the sake of not disrupting any JooJoo that may exist in the nethersphere, I do intend to watch tonight.

About the game, I am still annoyed at Darryl Sutter for not playing The 70′s Line before game 4. It was a bonehead move. The line was working. They played fast and brought intensity where we needed it the most. They were not exposed defensively. The “last change” issue for not playing that line in San Jose is such a small concern when you balance it with how effective that line has been.

In short, Sutter blew it.

Still though, lots of positives to take out of game 4 other than Pearson-Carter-Toffoli.

Mike Richards and Dustin Brown didn’t suck.

The defense wasn’t a complete embarrassment.

Quick was better although his rebound control has been crap this series.

The one thing that JUMPS out at me and has me so frustrated with our defense and back checking forwards is how they do not read the trailer and lateral pass. These Sharks have a very predictable system on the rush. They enter the zone and the F1 looks for the F2 for the lateral pass / shot (one timer or snap shot) or, if the F2 is not available, the trailing D1 (either from the F1 or the F2). Their bread and butter is that lateral pass to the trailer.

So what the fuck is so hard about that? DON’T GIVE THE F1 ROOM. Close that gap hard and fast while your defense or first forward back takes away the lateral lane. That forces the F1 to try and go around you, eliminates the pass (unless it’s a high risk or forced pass) and the Sharks then have to cycle to get possession. We can use our size, slow the game down and force them to grind it out to keep possession.

How many goals have they scored like this against us? How many great scoring chances have they generated as a result of this which has then led to a bounce and garbage goal? WAY too many. And yet our defense and forwards remain unprepared for it.

A big part of playing excellent defense is adaptation to the opposing team. If our D is not going to adapt to our opponents, that has a ripple effect throughout the whole game. Defense affects goaltending and each have an impact on offense. Offense starts in the defensive zone the majority of the time. We must take away those seams and lanes they love so much for passing. Without it, they are impotent because we will have cut off their offensive dicks.

Let’s castrate.

Go Kings!



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  1. I know you like both rookies and JC (the 70′s line) and they are fast and that’s good. And they did fine at home when Sutter could chose where to put them, hence not vs Thorton. But I have to disagree 100% about their play in the games in the reg. season, where they were absolutely exposed defensively, They lost board battles and gave up odd man rushes and were often trapped in their own end for far too long unable to prevent the other team from cycling and getting chances. . It was a weak 200 foot line on just about every shift.. Which is what you would expect from a line with 2 rookies, with limited NHL experience. and in the reg season, when 3rd place was locked up and you’r playing weak East. Conf teams, it didn’t matter. He did it ,as he stated, to test them.

    I hope they play well tonight, but their job will be much tougher because they’ll be facing much hard competition. And Carter has been terrible all 4 games, very soft in this own end and lazy, which has cost thhem. On the ice for far too many goals. As has the 1st line. That has to get better.
    I would have rather had TT on RW on Kopi’s line and TP with JC and DB on the 2nd. I don’t like 2 rookies on the same line on the road, but I haven’t like most of what Sutter’s done that last few mos, why should that change.
    Sutter has mismanaged the bench most of the year,

  2. Good call on the lateral pass. It always seems to be on the right wing side too. I’d like to see Carter put a body on someone or use his stick more when back checking. He just seems to stand there and passively try to use his stick as a deterrent.

  3. Players have been losing there man for more than just the lateral pass. By that time both the forward and the D have lost their man. To a forehand pass and shot no less. More Dustin Brown hits and Mike Richards syle positioning please. 70s line is here to stay people.

  4. Top Titty!!!

  5. Well, I for one am happy with the lines. The guys are playing another solid game. Keep it up. Let’s take this back to LA!!!! Toffoli and Pearson are playing well, and they have also been responsible defensively.

  6. Smiling like a mental patient over here.

  7. WHOOOOO!!!!!
    GMFKG!!!!

  8. Happy days are here again!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Yeah, baby!

    I have a few things to say, but am too excited to spend 30 minutes typing 30 words!

    I’ll see you bitches at game 6!

  10. Amen.
    Awesome Game.
    Quick finally solid..A+ imo
    Forecheck and Gap control.
    ♡ Gabbbby
    ♡Captain Brown
    ♡ Pearson
    ♡ Twinkletoe Stollamo
    ♡Mitchell..that’s the way to Play D
    ♡ RR..gap control baby!
    ♡Slava in Beasy Mode
    ♡ Mr.Selke
    ♡ DD…solid..focused
    ♡ The Dancing Stick
    ♡ ConnSmythQUICKNESS
    ♡ everyone else..they R my KINGS!!!
    seems too simple.
    and hello mothersutter ..finally using proper lines and Don’t tell me no such thing as line chemistey!
    Freeze this feeling Please!
    Into my DirtyBlue Dry Martini. .so forgive but you men on blog..
    this feeling is > then an orgasm..Yep
    TRUE Fan Here
    GOKINGSGO!!!

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