He hasn’t been the same since his suspension for elbowing Jason Pominville.
I watched him against Phoenix and with many opportunities to take out his opponent, he simply didn’t. He pulled up. That’s not Dustin Brown. That’s not the Captain who had a roaring fire burning. Now it seems like its a trickling flame.
No, I don’t blame the knee, the brace, the lack of conditioning in the pre-season. There’s just not that extra UMPH. That spark. That desire.
When Matt Frattin is credited with more hits, there’s a big problem. Dustin Brown currently has 22 hits. Matt Martin leads the league with 44.
When you’ve lead the team in hits and been a league leader in hits and you’re currently 70th in the league, that’s a problem.
When Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll have more hits than you this season, that’s a problem.
Obviously Darryl Sutter has seen it as well by cutting his minutes down to 3rd line duty.
If Dustin Brown isn’t healthy, shut his ass down and call up Tyler Toffoli (5 goals, 4 assists in 9 games).
To watch the Captain struggle like this is akin to when your child is sick. Nothing you can do but worry and hope time will heal everything
Seem’s we were right. In 10 of the 11 games Toronto has played this season, their shitty defense has allowed 30 shots or more. Jonathan Bernier has seen his gaa rise from 1.79 to 2.34 recently and it ain’t gonna get any better. He’s already FIFTH in the league with 264 saves. He’s also given up 5 goals a game twice.
Friday November 15th is the Kings 20th game. That’s what Dean Lombardi calls his marker game. 20 games is enough time to evaluate the teams needs and what he has to do to improve the team.
Here’s a look back at his tenure since April 26th, 2006 after 20 games:
2006: November 13th
2007: November 19th
2008: November 25th
2009: November 13th
2010: November 22nd
2011: November 19th
Here’s the kicker: Lombardi has NEVER made a trade in November.
Huh? The Kings are now SEVENTH in the league in goals scored!
Despite 7 goals Thursday night, Matt Frattin is still -5
Dwight King doesn’t have an assist
Matt Greene has more goals than Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford COMBINED
Is it just me or is Jonathan Quick in jeopardy of losing his starting job for USA?