Production Comes on Power Play
The Kings continued to get production from their power play Saturday night when Roman Vopat and Olli Jokinen scored the team’s fifth and sixth of the preseason in a 4-3 overtime victory over Colorado before 8,224 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Last season, the Kings were among the worst in the league on the power play, and during the off-season they acquired several players to help boost their special teams’ scoring. In three exhibition games, five players have scored: Luc Robitaille, Glen Murray, Scott Barney, Vopat and Jokinen, who has two.
Coach Larry Robinson, however, is not about to claim a turnaround.
“We have to start looking at the bigger picture and we haven’t done anything yet,” Robinson said. “We’re just trying to get a good look with different combination of guys. We have five different faces on the team who will be playing for us. . . . We’re just trying to get everyone to develop a feel with whom they’re playing with.”
Goaltender Brad Guzda saw his first action of the preseason when he took over for Stephane Fiset in the third period. Guzda signed as a free agent with the Kings in May 1996 and last season played five games for Phoenix, the Kings’ International Hockey League affiliate.