Thursday, December 9, 2010
Kings: Still perfect on the penalty kill
By Dan Arritt
After the 2nd period: Kings 1, Calgary Flames 0
The good: The Kings limited Calgary to just four shots on goal in the second period, and have out-shot the Flames, 22-12, for the game. Calgary managed just one shot on goal for the first 15 minutes of the period before getting a couple of decent chances during a late power play. While on the subject of power plays, the Kings have killed all three man-advantage situations by the Flames, improving their home mark to 46-for-46 on the penalty kill. They remain they only team in the NHL that has not allowed a power play goal at home. The Kings will have a man-advantage for the first 1:25 of the third period.
The bad: Kings fourth-line center Brad Richardson, who wobbled off the ice during the first period, has an upper-body injury and is not expected to return. If he’s out for any length of time, the Kings might regret their decision to send Brayden Schennback to his junior team last week. Schenn would have fit in well as the fourth-line center, but now must play his entire season in juniors before he’s eligible to be recalled by the Kings.
The in between: It’s nice to have the lead, but the Kings really should be up by more than a goal. Jarret Stoll had another golden opportunity when Calgary defenseman Anton Babchuk snapped his stick at the blade while taking a slap shot from just inside the blue line, leaving Stoll with a one-on-one against a stick-less Babchuk. Stoll made a nice move to slide the puck through Babchuk’s legs, but was screened off the puck as he neared the Calgary goal. If the Kings win, they will move into a five-way tie for fifth in the Western Conference. If they lose, they’ll remain in 11th.