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Kings captain Brown slumping, Sutter concerned

Oct 29, 2013, 5:37 PM EST

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Of all the alarming statistics Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown has compiled this year, one stands out above the rest — 25 hits through 12 games, way down from his usual average.

For Brown, it’s not a big deal — “I don’t really look at my hit totals, I probably get more physical as the year goes on,” he explained — but for head coach Darryl Sutter, it’s a problem.

“The season’s going on,” Sutter told the L.A. Times. “Twelve games in.”

In addition to the lack of hits (averaging 2.08 per game, down from 3.39 last season), Brown isn’t doing much offensively. He has just two goals and five points, putting him on pace for his lowest output since his sophomore campaign of 2005-06.

Of course, Brown does have some excuses.

He missed almost the entire preseason with a hamstring injury and still plays with a knee brace stemming from an injury last season. He’s also recently logged some time on the team’s third line alongside Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis, two guys that have had their own issues producing offensively (Stoll has just two points through 12 games, Lewis has none.)

All of this, Sutter says, can be remedied by Brown doing what he does best — establishing the physical part of his game, and throwing some hits.

“He’s got to play a certain way to be effective,” Sutter said, “and that’s important.”

  1. oside760 - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    To say that just Brown is slumping is blasphemy. The entire team is struggling. Sure were winning but it disappoints me the way we are winning. Maybe the real problem is Sutter. Honestly have you listened to him talk?? The most inarticulate person ever. He sounds like he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about most of the time.

    • oside760 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      And if Trevor Lewis had any hopes of making team USA he might as well give up on those

    • pxland - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      He’s just drunk. Probably.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      And yet certain PHT ‘experts’ predicted Drew Doughty would be under the microscope this season.

    • 2qswing - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I agree on Sutter. He was much more articulate the year they won the cup…jeez.

      Captain Elbows will get it together. Head shots, knee on knee, boarding, he’ll be ok

    • yustasayin - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Yep, Sutter is a one trick pony! Check out what he did in Cowtown.

  2. allday420ap - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Dirty Dustins gonna have a hard time makin USA team

  3. thailer35 - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I don’t see any slumping in his game. He’s diving just fine!

  4. blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    HOLD THE LINE !

    This ‘heroic & selfless’ order was the credo of my people’s armies for centuries … and dare I say, it’s the main reason why we’re conversing here today at PHT in English as opposed to French, Spanish, Russian or Swahili. The bottom line friends is that when faced with adversity, the ‘last’ thing any formation, movement or cause ‘worth it’s salt’ will do is to ‘break rank’ and run like cowards ! On the contrary, adversity does nothing but to ‘stiffen’ our resolve to overcome and emerge victorious ! In saying that, I’m therefore perplexed and disappointed that ‘certain’ King’s fans here are so quick to turn on one of our own ? It’s early days and the fight has only just begun, yet already ‘certain’ elements within our ranks are showing signs of being yellow ? Well to hell with these shirkers I say, as onward we march ! Captain Brown is our glorious leader and he does that with a ‘gusto & panache’ that is second to none !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. budzo83 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Brown is a notoriously slow starter and also a streaky scorer. He’ll get it together, but I don’t know how he can be singled out on a team that is strugling to win games.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    “The season’s going on,” Sutter told the L.A. Times. “Twelve games in.”

    Darryl Sutter: Yoda of the National Hockey League.

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