The Key Three: Feb. 11
Three key aspects of the Kings' 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders
1. GOOD KIDS, BUT LITTLE ELSE
Imagine hearing, in September, that in February the Kings would have Dwight King and Jordan Nolan as second-line wingers. Beyond that, imagine hearing that a second line including King and Nolan would be the Kings’ strongest line in a February game against the New York Islanders. It was. With Jarret Stoll hurt and Dustin Penner scratched, Mike Richards inherited the two 22-year-old rookies and seemed to enjoy their intensity. The question is, where was everyone else? Richards had five shots on goal. Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams combined for seven, although Brown made a nice play on the goal.
2. OVERTIME BREAKDOWN
Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: Jonathan Quick is the main reason that the Kings even have a fighting chance for the playoffs this season. He has played even better than his numbers suggest. That said, nobody is perfect, and as Darryl Sutter suggested after yesterday’s game, Quick would like to have Mark Streit’s overtime goal back. He’s not alone, though. Streit made a ``Hey, why not?’’ play when he decided to carry the puck into the offensive zone and take on three Kings defenders. Somehow, he muscled the puck past all three, and got off a backhand shot that Quick should have seen and stopped.
3. POWER PLAY FIZZLING AGAIN
Hopes were high last month, when the Kings went on a four-game stretch in which they went 4-for-10 on the power play. Could it be that they had finally figured things out, that the power play, which has struggled almost all season, could finally get going? Perhaps not. In the last three games, the Kings are 0-for-6 with the man advantage. Against the Islanders, the Kings recorded two shots on goal in four minutes. The biggest threat on a Kings power play came when the Islanders nearly scored a second-period shorthanded goal. Once again, one power-play goal would have made a difference for the Kings.