Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Kings Try To Halt Skid, Face Lightning
The Kings have not started their current six-game road trip on the right foot. They lost back-to-back games against the Blues and Hurricanes to start the trip and will try to rebound tonight when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jonathan Quick had the night off during the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes, and will likely be back between the pipes for the Kings, starting his 44th game of the season.
The loss to the Hurricanes marked the 20th time this season that the Kings have been held to one or fewer goals during regulation play.
The Kings will have to find some offense if they want a shot at winning this game and saving this road-trip. They were shut-out against the Blues which contributed to their, league worst, 2.09 goals per game average.
In order for the Kings to light the lamp more frequently and above all consistently, they need help from their top guns. Much like the entire season, the Kings' top skaters have come up short and not produced when the Kings needed it most.
Kings captain, Dustin Brown, has recorded only an assist in his last five games needs to find a way to jump start the offense besides his physical play.
The Kings could also use a push from off-season acquisition, Mike Richards, who has zero points in his last eight games. Richards has had success against the Lightning in the past, scoring nine goals and recording 12 assists in his last 13 games against Tampa Bay and could use this game to re-establish his scoring touch.