Jacob called me last night. We chatted about game 6. I told him I feel nothing. Not high. Not low.
He was pinched by emotion and he took the loss a little harder than I did but he has bounced back quickly.
We talked about game 5 and how Chicago activated their defensemen and forechecked with the D1, in addition to the forwards. It’s aggressive but also high risk. We talked about how with better gap control and a more aggressive stick check, those same forwards and defensemen will get caught too deep and our Kings will have outnumbered attacks the other way which will result in goals and, just as important, a lesson to Chicago to keep their D back.
Jacob and I talked about the last change and its importance. Darryl Sutter was rolling 4 lines in game 5 and he didn’t care who matched up against who. That is mostly because he didn’t have the last change. He does at home and, akin to games 3 and 4, we will see Sutter get the mismatches that he wants. The 70’s Line of Pearson-Carter-Toffoli will get Chicago’s bottom 6, which should work out nicely for us. Doughty will get the match ups against whomever Sutter wants, including whoever is playing in front of Saad.
Jacob and I agreed the Kings will treat game 6 like a game 7. When the pressure has been on, our Kings have performed.
Veteran players like Kopitar, Gaborik, Carter, Stoll, Williams, Richards, Doughty, Mitchell, and Greene have played their best in such situations.
Dustin Brown is finding his game and confidence and we should not expect and demand anything less than an inspiring performance from him in game 6. He still has much to make up for and much to prove.
I look to Alec Martinez to be reliable on D, break out of our zone with speed and efficiency and do what he does best – be an offensive juggernaut.
Our kids in Toffoli, Pearson and Muzzin have performed and have found ways to contribute on a consistent basis.
Lewis and Voynov must look in the mirror and know the burden is also on them to bounce back.
Clifford and King must be more than there. They must perform at a higher level in all three zones.
Jonathan Quick must be better and you know, if you trust history, that tying goal against in the last game, on the bad rebound, should thrust him toward an elite performance in game 6.
I accept my role in this as a die-hard L.A. Kings fan that takes the success of my hockey team very seriously and to heart. The Kings are important to me. I care about every one of the players. Jacob shares this belief, perspective and feels the same. But that is not all we have in common. We also trust each and every one of our players and our coach. We don’t take such matters of trust on faith but experience. They have earned it.
We trust our Kings
Trust your Kings.
Shall we earn this victory?
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