Where is the damn iPod when you need it? The Tom Petty classic is an ideal tune to listen to for Kings fans across hockey nation.
A season of many bright spots has suddenly hit a downward spiral.
The Los Angeles Kings, since the Olympic break came to a close, have not been playing good hockey. Unable to find any offense recently created a free fall in the standings for the team as they were blanked by the Blackhawks 3-0. Lifeless is the best way to describe the Kings offense as a whole from the other night.
However, if you look at the bigger picture the month of March has not been kind to the boys out in Hockeywood. Nine games played and a total of 22 goals scored this month. They are 4-5 and with the season winding down, as much as this statement kills me to write, there is a possibility this Kings team can miss the playoffs.
There is only a six point separation between the Kings sitting in sixth and the Flames who currently are the ninth seed.
Also, the Blues and Ducks are mathematically very much still in the playoff picture. So the Kings need to step up their game as well as keeping an eye on their back.
Yes, they beat the Islanders on Saturday night. A 1-0 victory. However, proof that the offense needs a wake up call was shown during that game.
Brad Richardson had the only goal for the Kings and if not for the superb performance of Jonathan Quick, the outcome could have been disappointing.
It was Quick’s fourth shutout of the season and 38th win on the year. Very impressive for the youngster from Milford, CT.
Tonight, the Kings begin a home and home with the Colorado Avalanche at the Staples Center.
The Avs are another young team within the Western Conference. A crucial set of games for both clubs who are fighting to stay within the bottom four seeds in the west.
The two clubs are both fighting for a bottom four position in the west and both need the points. A battle on ice this evening with aspirations from both ends.
The Kings must play a focused game. They need to control the puck, control the tempo and make sure to put every puck on net possible.
Tonight’s line-up (subject to change):
Brad Richardson, who is quietly having a decent season, will see top line minutes tonight playing along side Wayne Simmonds as Anze Kopitar remains in his natural first line center role.
For what it’s worth, thankfully, the Kings are not putting themselves in the same position as the San Jose Sharks. Inconsistency is something that should be taken as a positive over a slump and a long losing streak. Sounds bad but has it’s advantages.
About the Author: Anthony Curatolo is a 31 y/o New Yorker with a passion for the game that takes him into a different category then the regular run of the mill fan. He has an intense, creative, witty style that will either have you love him or hate him within the first paragraph you read from one of his writings. Growing up in a hockey world (his father was raised in Montreal, and his father brought that passion with him into the States) was a blessing in disguise for Anthony. Hockey has become more then a passion and infatuation for, and he hopes to one day have a career within the sport. Picked up originally by the Checking Line (from guest blogs written for HockeyBuzz), Anthony began blogging on a daily basis. When his original site, the checking line, went down the writing passion started to fall off. A few years later, Crash the Crease was born and Anthony was approached and asked to write for them. Since that time (August '08), Anthony has become a panel member on the websites Sunday talk show, as well as branching off and forming 1/3 of the talk show team called "The Hockey Guys!" Now Anthony takes his mind and his writings to the next level as he begins his journey with Hockey Independent and asks that there are many that join him. The Kings are the team, the style is Independent and the game is Hockey - there is nothing better in the universe. Although his pride bleeds for the Orange and Black (yes folks, the Philadelphia Flyers) Anthony is also a FAN of the game, and has knowledge for all 30 teams within the league coming from his true, pure love for the sport in it's entirety. As a voice of a fan for the fans (as we all know is the "Crash the Crease" and "The Hockey Guys" slogans) there will be debate, controversy, praise and love all combined into one giant thing - blogs by Anthony.