The plan that
Play faster to trigger scoring and maintain the stringent defensive posture so synonymous with the Kings. At the halfway point, Stevens isn't quite handing out a satisfactory report card, but statistically speaking he's implemented most of what he's wanted in his first season.
Through 41 games, the Kings have averaged 2.95 goals a game, up from 2.43 last season, and lead the
"There's some things that are setting in offensively for us that we really tried to instill in terms of structure," Stevens said. "We can manufacture offense. I think that part of our game has had some big improvements."
Leading that movement is
"That might be one of the areas we've improved the most, especially when you've got a guy like Drew, who's so good with the puck … he can skate through people," Stevens said. "But I think he really understands now that he can do that and be a part of the rush as opposed to just leading the rush.
"He joins as much as he leads now. I think he's been terrific in that sense."
Stevens said their commitment without the puck "has been everything we'd hoped it would be, but still an area we need to improve on."
Even when that attack breaks down, goalie
"We take it for granted sometimes, and that's why we don't play the way we should because he bails us out the majority of the time, and it kind of gets unnoticed," center Anze Kopitar said of Quick. "We've got to make sure it doesn't happen."
With 53 points, Stevens and the Kings are ahead of pace for the 96 points that Stevens pegged to make the postseason. Doughty knows one facet can't change in that chase.
"If we keep playing that good defensive-style game, we're going to keep winning hockey games," Doughty said.
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