One game at a time is the focus of the veteran Los Angeles Kings. They scrapped their way into the playoffs last year before becoming Stanley Cup champs, and they aren’t making it any easier on themselves this year. But they earned the much needed 2 points from Trevor Lewis first 2 points of the season against Edmonton on the front half of a back to back. But where are the contributions from the Kings top forwards?
Lewis got his first assist wacking at a rebound in front of Nikolai Khabibulin. Jordan Nolan took it to the net, and kept it alive along with Lewis before Colin Fraser shoved it home. It wasn’t pretty, but the Kings 4th line scored the necessary goal in a frenetic and sloppy game. Edmonton scored in the second after a 5 on 3 expired. The advantage resulted from Davis Drewiskie, under minimal pressure, sailing a puck out of play from the defensive zone. The bone-headed play nearly cost the Kings the game.
But with 1 minute left in regulation, a lucky bounce off the linesman lead to an attack by the Kings. Lewis slowed down and let Jeff Carter skate into the shooting lane, and deflect it slightly to beat Khabibulin.
Where are the big names for the Kings? Lewis, Nolan, Fraser all contributed to putting the Kings on the board. But Carter is the only Kings scorer who has been consistently putting the puck in the net. Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar are leading the Kings in points. But their 9 points each are 16 points fewers than the NHL leader Thomas Vanek. Depth, and getting contributions from everyone is one of the Kings biggest strengths. That is encouraging. But the team is once again struggling to score goals. The top lines need to step up.
They face Calgary tonight on the second night of a back to back, and Jon Rosen reported on Twitter that Jonathan Bernier is likely to get the start tonight since he left the ice first in the morning skate.