It’s time for more input from the readers.
On Sunday afternoon the Kings played game one of a three-game road trip and didn’t start off on a good note. In a game where they should have been looking for redemption – and a much needed two points – after not showing up to play the Blackhawks on opening day in LA, they spotted Chicago a 3-0 lead. Mike Richards, who scored in Friday night’s game vs. the Blue Jackets, added a pair of goals to make things interesting. But, like Darryl Sutter always says, it’s a 3-2 league. So, the Kings fell short.
Video highlights have been posted here.
Following the game we asked people to complete the following:
“‘The biggest problem the Kings had in their game vs. the Blackhawks was ________.” (FILL IN THE BLANK)
After scanning the feedback provided on twitter and facebook, here are the ten best answers…
Matthew B. – Defensive zone confusion. Coverage got crossed up too many times and allowed them to sustain their forecheck. Quick had 34 saves. Too many times shots came in consecutive strings with rebound chances.
Krystal D. – Chasing. Not staying home. They looked panicked and all over the place.
Michael A. – Playing an afternoon game on NBC.
Callon T. – Defensive zone issues. Biggest thing being Quick not getting the help he needed. Not enough shot blocking, not enough puck control. List can go on and on. But it should be a good amount of film for the guys to use to work on fixing the problems.
David S. – Still not playing as a Team for a full 60 min.
Joel P. – Their slow start and not being able to match the intensity of the Blackhawks in the 1st period.
Vanessa M. – Not starting a goalie who was starting a winning streak.
@JDSauls – The first 30 minutes or so of the game as a whole. It’s in the scouting report now for other teams to jump on Kings out of gate.
@CalebRapoport – Team Speed. Have they had even one breakaway this season?
@erikforreals – Forwards not getting back deep enough and losing their def. coverage when B-hawks started to cycle.
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