Kings: Penalty kill remains hot, power play cold

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
8:31
PM PT
After the 1st period:

Kings 0, Calgary Flames 0

The good: The Kings killed a pair of power plays in the period, extending their stretch of penalty kills to 31. The franchise record is 46 in 2001-02. They also limited the Flames to just six shots on goal, keeping goalie Jonathan Quick from having to work too hard.

The bad: The Kings continue to come up empty on their own power plays. They failed to score on their only man-advantage situation of the opening period, extending their streak of failed power plays to 11. They only managed one shot on goal during the man advantage and five for the period. Three shots missed their mark and seven were blocked. That was a big problem last game, a 2-1 overtime loss to the Ducks. The shooters weren’t getting the puck on net. They also have nine giveaways compared to two for Calgary. The Flames aren't the Red Wings but sooner or later they will make an opponent pay for their mistakes.

The in between: After the Ducks and Flames combined for nine goals Sunday night in a 5-4 overtime win by Anaheim, this game is a lot more buttoned down in terms of offense. It’s kind of like watching the ‘89 Lakers one night and the ’89 Pistons the next. The Lakers were a lot more exciting to watch but they both achieved the same results in the end. Since the Flames played an overtime game the night before, it’s possible they wear down a little quicker, but then again they have a lot at stake so that’s probably not going to happen. Regardless, this is setting up to be a 1-0 game.

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