Mike Richards on missed opportunities

Kings center Mike Richards has quickly picked up on the fact things are tight in the Western Conference.

Last year, the difference between home ice in the first round of the playoffs (Anaheim) and sitting at home watching (Dallas) was four points. FOUR POINTS! That’s only two games.

By contrast, fourth to ninth place was a 15 point gap in the Eastern Conference.

Thus, the old adage that ‘games in October count just as much as the ones in April’ is even more true for teams out of the Eastern Time Zone.

As an avid fisherman, Richards knows all about the one that got away. And after practice yesterday, he was still thinking about the missed missed opportunities in Denver on Sunday – where the Kings outshot the Avalanche 32-16.

Still, LA never led in the game – but, also never trailed by more than one goal. They tied in twice, yet lost by the final score of 3-2

“It was tough. It was one of those games I thought we played well and we dug in, ” said Richards. “Obviously, we lost the game. But, at the same time we probably could have earned at least a point there, if not won that game – if we had a couple good bounces. Road trips are going to happen and at the end of them you just have to dig down and focus on doing the right things and not worry about or psyching yourself out with being tired.”

Not only do visiting teams have to deal with the thin air of Denver, up on the mountain, they also have to contend with one of the fastest teams in the league.

“They have a lot of skill, with good, quick forwards,” remarked Richards. “The defense gives them the puck early and they really come at you with a lot of speed. But, I thought we did a good job standing over top of them, making them make plays. We did a good job moving the puck up the ice too. Like I said, that game was just one or two bounces away from us winning.”

Instead of ‘I left my heart in Denver,’ perhaps ‘We left two points in Denver’ shirts are in order.

The two teams won’t meet again until January 2nd in Los Angeles.

More notes from Tuesday’s practice can be found here – including items on the Scott Parse and Terry Murray ‘issues’…plus, the immediate plans for Dustin Penner.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

What I’ve learned so far this season… by Mike Richards

Trevor Lewis dishes on his new roommate – Mike Richards

Simon Gagne – ‘Mike Richards is the type of guy I want on my team’

Ian Laperriere on the Mike Richards vs. Chris Pronger feud in Philadelphia

Stoll had questions from Richards, has answers for Terry Murray

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings-Avs Trade Talks, All Star Game in LA

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined host Jonathan Davis on the Two Man Advantage. A myriad of topics were discussed, including the central players involved in a potential Kings-Avalanche trade, Jonathan Quick’s pending return, and next weekend’s NHL All Star Game in Los Angeles.
The segment […]

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings – Honorable Mentions

Surprise!
Your patience is about to be rewarded.
After sitting on pins and needles, waiting to get an update on the LA Kings top prospects, we’re back. Fear not, oh loyal readers; we haven’t let you down in the past and our staff is not about to start now. That’s right, it’s finally time for our […]

Recap: Reign – and RAIN – vs Condors in AHL Outdoor Classic

It was an eventful weekend in Bakersfield. What began with an almnni game featuring more than a dozen Kings and Oilers Smythe Division stars, coached by Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille, ended with a rain-filled AHL Outdoor Classic. Local fans went home happy, though, as the Condors came back late in regulation to tie things […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News