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Sutter thinks Kings’ goaltending has ‘leveled out’

Jan 1, 2014, 9:09 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings lost their fourth straight last night, falling 3-2 to the Stars in Dallas. After the game, coach Darryl Sutter was asked about the performance of his goalie, Ben Scrivens.

“You know what? Our goaltending’s leveled out,” said Sutter, per LA Kings Insider. “When you’re not scoring goals – we’re not a team that scores a lot of goals – you need more than average goaltending, and the second goal tonight’s not a great goal. Whether it’s off the boards, or whatever it is, you’ve got to make those. That’s part of what the best goalies in the league do.”

Here’s that second goal, a bank shot off Scrivens’ skate by Tyler Seguin:

Was Sutter being a little hard on Scrivens? Maybe. Unless you think Scrivens could be faulted for getting himself too far out of position on the original shot that missed the net.

But Sutter’s right about the Kings not scoring much; they’re currently ranked 20th in the NHL, averaging 2.54 goals per game.

Overall, Scrivens and Martin Jones have been excellent in relief of injured starter Jonathan Quick. The Kings’ next game is Thursday in St. Louis.

  1. drewzducks - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Ok, but what does Blomfeld think ?

    • slysipops - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      PROBABLY SOMETHING LIKE THIS …..

    • blomfeld - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      ‘BINGO’ SUTTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Darryl Sutter: “You know what? Our goaltending’s leveled out,” said Sutter, per LA Kings Insider. “When you’re not scoring goals – we’re not a team that scores a lot of goals – you need more than average goal tending and the second goal tonight’s not a great goal. Whether it’s off the boards, or whatever it is, you’ve got to make those. That’s part of what the best goalies in the league do.” …

      blomfeld – Dec 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      AN HONORABLE LOSS

      Friends, I couldn’t watch this game live, however I did monitor developments ‘electronically’ from afar. And by all accounts, it sounds like we ‘gave it our all’ which sadly wasn’t enough in the end. Despite the very ‘best’ goal tending & defense in the business today, there’s ‘something’ which is holding us back with scoring ? … and I’ll be damned as to what ‘exactly’ that is ? Could a Judas or a Quisling be among our ranks ? I honestly don’t know ? … and yet I’m convinced that there’s definitely ‘something’ working against us here ?

      Couple this with that ‘horrific’ goal that Scrivens surrendered only ’10 seconds’ after we’d fought so hard to score the tying goal a few nights back in Nashville and a picture is now starting to take shape. But don’t worry friends, as things are going to be ‘corrected’ here asap … I guarantee it !!! :)

      BOOK ‘EM DANNO … MURDER ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. nhstateline - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Sometime soon, they’re going to have to sit Martin Jones down and tell him he’s going back to Manchvegas. I don’t envy them that conversation given how Jones has played. His coming back won’t do much for him or the Monarchs because Berube’s been very good here. LA has two nice goalie chips if it wants to trade them. I’m not surprised Jones has done well and think Berube will in about a year or so. The one thing LA doesn’t have many of in Manchester: physical D. Lots of puck movers but none that really bang.

    • drewzducks - Jan 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      I’m all for it, especially if he makes a cameo at the Yee with a stirring rendition of Blue Christmas.

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