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The Kings are just ‘plugging away’ (with 9-1-0 record in December)

Dec 23, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings are having a good December. For proof, here are some bullet points:

— They’re 9-1-0, with the only loss coming in Chicago after they’d play the night before in Ottawa. Which is to say, no shame there.

— They’ve outscored their opponent by a score of 32-13.

— Back-up (to the back-up) goalie Martin Jones (8-0-0) has three shutouts, with a 0.98 goals-against average and .966 save percentage. The 23-year-old has also allowed his team to win games it didn’t necessarily deserve to win, like on Dec. 11 against Toronto.

— Among the teams Los Angeles has beaten this month, some good ones: St. Louis, Anaheim, San Jose, and Colorado.

And here’s the crazy part — the Kings aren’t even that satisfied.

“I think we’re on the right track,” said Anze Kopitar, per LA Kings Insider. “Is our game as sharp as it can be? Probably not. But we’re collecting points, and that’s what it is this time of the year. You have to collect points, even though maybe you’re not playing the best hockey. The way this Pacific Division has been going, you lose a couple, you fall back in a pretty big way, so we just want to keep on going, keep plugging away, and we’ve done a pretty good job with that.”

L.A. will keep “plugging away” tonight when its hosts the Stars in its last game before the Christmas break.

  1. joey4id - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Dang! Blomfeld! Who are these MIB? Surely they are aliens.

    • blomfeld - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      IS THE ‘PULITZER’ I HEAR CALLING ?

      First and foremost I say ‘bravo’ to comrade Burrough for this terrific article ! Factual, succinct and laced with ‘delightful’ humor, this my friends is ‘exactly’ the type of journalism which we need today ! So ‘Go’ Burrough and ‘Go’ PHT !!! :)

      Secondly, I’d like to take this moment to wish comrade Joey4id all the very best of the festive season and may it be that he enjoys a ‘happy & prosperous’ 2014 !!! :)

      Thirdly, it’s my wish to extend ‘heartfelt’ season’s greetings to each and every one of you ‘glorious’ LA Kings fans out there ! Never forget friends, that ‘ours’ is a team of destiny, driven by conviction, belief and providence !!! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      “tower to flight LA-2013 … you’re clear for take off”

  2. ron05342 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    He’s right. They haven’t played that well. I’ve been to all of the home games in this stretch and really their defense and goal-tending has carried them.

    Just think of how scary this team will be when it gets it all together.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      The Kings are a strong, cup contending team. And you’re right about the defense carrying the team. Was not enough last year vs. the Hawks, and the teams are closer this year. Hawks are improved offensively, weaker defensively.

      Hawks still have the advantage when it comes to depth.

      Hawks have 15 players with 10 or more points, Kings 11.
      Hawks have 22 with a positive +/-, Kings 18.

      And interesting article on how the teams are using their players. If you look at the screens for the Hawks and Kings, it will be clear Hawks are deeper.

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1869249-which-nhl-teams-are-using-their-players-most-effectively-in-2013-14-season

  3. proudliberal85392 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    As a Coyotes fan, I have only one thing to say: DAMN IT!

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