What’s Wrong With Anze Kopitar?
If you’re a #1 center, you can’t go 26 regular season games without scoring a goal.
Not for 7 million dollars.
So what’s wrong?
COACHING HAS THE REIGNS ON HIM?
Kopitar is still an amazing defensive two-way forward. His +/- over the years proves this, but when everyone thought he was injured during his unproductive playoffs, it was quickly squashed when he admitted nothing was wrong other than a late season slump. In the Kings defensive system, which netted the Kings a Stanley Cup 2 seasons ago and brought the Kings to the 3rd round of the playoffs last season, Kopitar’s responsibilities have severely limited his scoring chances. Do the coaches “adjust” or do they ignore the frequent cry of fans (like this one) and continue to adhere to the same system that has brought the them much success over the past several seasons?
Or, have other smart coaches/teams figured out this system and have made THIER adjustments while the Kings have remained the same?
Justin Williams has been making a nice living from Kopitar’s passing ability, having one of the best starts to his career. But Dustin Brown, with knee brace, has basically been invisible. 10 games should be enough for Brown, who missed all of training camp with an injury, to get back in shape. But he hasn’t. 2 goals and a lone assist in 10 games is certainly not vintage Brown and that could be handicapping Anze.
There’s nothing wrong with Kopitar. Or Richards. Or Stoll. Kopitar is just like every other Kings player. He can’t score 5 on 5 but has 4 of his 8 assists on the power play and is still on pace for his normal 70-75 points.
Kopitar IS tied for 8th in the league in assists and is 3rd on the team in shots.
But if we’re talking defense, the Kings are only 11th in the league in goals allowed averaging 2.50. Last season they finished 7th with a 2.38 but during their cup run, they finished SECOND with a 2.07 gaa.
Maybe its because Kopitar has spent so many minutes killing penalties as the Kings have already been shorthanded 47 times this season, 3rd WORST in the league. They’re also playing at a -7 minutes PER GAME on the PK as opposed to their PP, 6th worst in the league. But get this… the Kings are DEAD LAST in the league in PK time having been shorthanded for 75 minutes!!!! Compare that to Boston at 30 minutes.
How are San Jose and St Louis, the two teams the Kings BEAT in the playoffs last season able to muster 4.33 and 3.71 goals per game respectively?
The Kings 5 on 5 play is just a hair better than Florida’s. FLORIDA.
You cannot convince me that Colorado’s players are better than the Kings. You cannot lead me to believe that Colorado’s defense is superior to the Kings. So then explain to me why Colorado is now 8-1 and are averaging 3.11 goals per game while the Kings can barely muster 2 per contest?
Simply put, other teams have figured out a way to BEAT the Kings system with speed and the players (Doughty, Regehr) haven’t been able to adjust – 47 minor calls. Drew Doughty, 8 minors. Dustin Brown, 5 minors, Robyn Regehr, 4
As my reader BRYAN pointed out in his post last thread…
Here is a list of teams that won the cup and their position in regular season scoring out of 30 teams:
2006 Carolina #3
2007 Anaheim #8
2008 Detroit #3
2009 Pittsburgh #6
2010 Chicago #3
2011 Boston #5
2012 LA (fist pump) #29…
2013 Chicago* #2
Post season scoring out of 16 teams:
2006 Carolina #5
2007 Anaheim #4
2008 Detroit #1
2009 Pittsburgh #2
2010 Chicago #3
2011 Boston #5 ((2012-2013 playoffs they were at #4, a historically winnable position).
2012 LA #3 (2012-2013 playoffs had us at #11, 5 spots behind the winner).
2013 Chicago* #6
No team in the last 8 seasons has won the cup, other than the Kings, that were under 8th in the league in regular season goals
It Ain’t Kopitar’s fault.