Kings Vs Chicago – Volume 2
The Key to this series isn’t the power play, or injuries, or even goaltending.
It’s how well Jamie Kompon knows his former Kings players, their tendencies and their weaknesses.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate the guy and was the first to applaud his firing, but talking to the players and the reporters, as bad as Kompon was at designing power (less) plays, he was very adept at having his defenseman move the puck up the ice. Something the Kings had major trouble doing against both St Louis and San Jose.
If Kompon knows the Kings weaknesses, he’s certainly going to know how to exploit them. He’s been around the Kings long enough to know their moves, know when they’re gonna deke left and go right. The “little” things that could cost the Kings a game. For example, the line change Detroit made that basically cost them the series.
Tomorrow, its going to be more of the same for the Kings on their first road game.
The first game in St Louis, Alexander Steen scored 9 minutes in – the Kings eventually lost in OT 2-1
The first game in San Jose, Dan Boyle scored 1:34 in – the Kings eventually lost in OT 2-1
See a trend here?
The Kings have scored just 8 goals in 6 road games and that’s just not gonna get it done. 3 out of 15 on the power play isn’t bad. Darryl Sutter likes to say, “It’s a 3-2 league”, well Kings, how about winning one 3-2? As good as their road record was last year, it’s been brutal this year (1-5)
Basically, Chicago will come out firing on all cylinders and it will be up to the Kings and Quick to simply SURVIVE the 1st period. If that can happen, its anyones game. But if they lose in OT 2-1, I’ll be cursing the hockey Gods who will just be laughing.