Early afternoons and the
During Saturday's 2-1 loss to the
Shot total doesn't tell whole story
Yes, the Kings did outshoot the Flyers, 38-16 overall, and an impressive 31-9 margin in the final two periods. But it wasn't nearly that lopsided, according to some of the Kings' players.
“Listen, sometimes shots are misleading in the fact that one team’s got a lead and they’re trying to protect it,” forward
"And you're firing all you can at the net. So, do I think it was as one-sided as the 2-to-1 shot ratio? No, absolutely not. They had a lot of grade-A chances and we failed to come back from a lackluster start."
Kings continue to serve as measuring stick
In fact, former Kings forward Wayne Simmonds said the result showed that the Flyers can "hang in with the big boys."
It's nothing new, of course. The Kings went through this after they won their first Stanley Cup in 2012. They are just seeing, all over again, that they are rarely going to face even a B-effort from the opposition.
Sutter, of course, is keeping a close eye on it all. He was asked if he looked at the standings.
"Every night before I go to bed and every morning when I get up," Sutter said. "And that's a fact."
Scoring drought surfaces again
The Kings are hovering near the middle of the
Kings center Anze Kopitar, who has led them in scoring the last seven seasons, continues to struggle through one of the tougher stretches of his career with five goals and 12 points in 27 games. He has gone nine games without a goal and has two points in his last eight games.
Their power play continued to struggle -- going 0 for 5 on Saturday. They rank 19th in the league in that department. In their last six games, they are 2 for 19 on the power play and both those power-play goals came in Thursday's 4-0 win over Arizona.
“If you get shots, that’s what you want,” Kings center