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

This Date in LA Kings History: September 23

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Dan Bonar, who was born on September 23, 1956.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/jTCqp9ApxQ
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 23, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Dixon Ward, who was born on September 23, 1968.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/ylNS2abpmI
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 23, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Donald Audette, who was born […]

This Date in LA Kings History: September 22

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Carl Mokosak, who was born on September 22, 1962.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/rpKu3G85js
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 22, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings defenseman Craig Redmond, who was born on September 22, 1965.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/DXBTA4zW2W
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 22, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Brandy Semchuk, who was born […]

This Date in LA Kings History: September 21

Happy birthday to former @LAKings defenseman Petr Prajsler, who was born on September 21, 1965.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/XRApq9liVt
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 21, 2020

On September 21, 1992, Marcel Dionne was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dionne's storied career includes an Art Ross Trophy, two Lady Byng Trophies and two Pearson Awards. Dionne still holds […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Ryan O’Rourke, OHL Defenseman

In a previous article, we examined a player the Kings could be targeting for their second selection at the 2020 NHL Draft - meaning, after they take somebody in the No. 2 overall position. For context, MayorsManor editor … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.