What we learned from the
1. When the Kings' big, mobile forwards go to the net, they're hard to stop.
The Kings scored two of their three goals from around the net:
"We had a hard time handling their size and strength on the walls," Carolina Coach Bill Peters said. "They wore us out in the D-zone. They were a heavy team in the offensive zone and we spent too much time in there [Thursday] night."
2. Their defensemen have found ways to become catalysts offensively, a big boost.
Against Florida on Tuesday, each of the Kings’ six defensemen recorded at least one point. On Thursday, only
They’re no slouches defensively either. Matt Greene played a season-high 23 minutes and 16 seconds on Thursday and was credited with two shots, one hit and two blocked shots. Doughty played “only” 25:10, nearly six minutes fewer than he had played against Florida, and seven minutes fewer than he played against the Ducks in the Kings’ previous game. Coach Darryl Sutter had said he was forced to use Doughty more than he’d like, because of the suspension to
3. The Kings still have a deep well of the resilience that was their backbone last season.
Just look at their defense. They lost Voynov to a suspension after their sixth game this season, had to wait until their seventh game for Muzzin to recover from an injury and make his season debut, have been without Martinez the last three games, and played three games without an injured