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Kings lose fourth straight, shakeup questions begin

Dec 11, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times reports the Kings were booed off the ice last night following a 2-1 loss to Dallas.

The loss was Los Angeles’ fourth straight (and seventh in its last nine games). Over that period, the Kings scored just six goals and now sit last overall in goals per game (2.21), five-on-five goals (38) and first period goals (11).

Yes, that’s right — the Kings have scored 11 times in 29 first periods.

As such, Dillman asked Kings captain Dustin Brown about a potential shakeup. Given crosstown rival Anaheim made a big move in light of its struggles — firing head coach Randy Carlyle after losing 16 of 19 games — it’s been suggested L.A. do the same.

So, does Brown see change on the horizon?

“It’s hard to say. I’ve never been on a team that’s good, that’s gone through this,” Brown said. “That’s probably the biggest difference for me. We have a good team in here. We’re capable of doing everything we need to with the people we have in here.

“I don’t think guys consciously think about that. Maybe it’s in the back of some guys’ heads.”

It’s probably at the front of head coach Terry Murray’s head. As Brough wrote earlier in the week, the veteran bench boss has been in L.A. since the start of the 2008-09 season, yet hasn’t led his team past the first round of the playoffs. This was supposed to be the season the Kings put it all together, but clearly that’s not happening — and Murray has to be feeling the heat.

Much like we heard from the Ducks prior to Carlyle’s firing, Brown alluded to a lack of urgency and intensity in the team’s play.

“Right now, we’ve got to be more desperate,” he said. “We’re not desperate enough right now.”

  1. nhlbruins90 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Change is coming. Sounds exactly like Washington and Anaheim and St. Louis. Too bad Hitch has already been snatched up. He has a way of waking up lackluster millionaires.

    Unfortunately, the Kings next game is against the B’s. This is the one match-up that leaves me conflicted as a former Kings fan. The Kings need the win, but the B’s are in a fragile recovery from their minor skid. Hmm, which way do I go? If I get lucky and score tickets to the game, I either wear my classic Gretzky era silver and black Kings hat, or go with my Bruins winter hat. Hmm, so many tough decisions.

  2. mojosmagic - Dec 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Philly unloads Richards and Carter and both are under achieving while the Flyers despite injuries lead the league in points. Anybody seeing a connection?

  3. dukh8r - Dec 11, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    The Kings are playing good hockey…the games have been close…What troubles me is Dustin Brown’s comments virtually throwing the coach under the bus….as a long time Kings fan..they have turned under achieving into an art form.

  4. oside760 - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Dear God and Santa Clause,

    All I want for Christmas is for Terry Murray to be fired. If you can just give me this one thing I will be happy for the rest of my life. Thank You.

    - Kings fan for life

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