Los Angeles Hockey: P.A. Parenteau
February, 11, 2012
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty ImagesJonathan Quick was strong again in goal but couldn't prevent one in overtime in the Kings' loss.New York Islanders 2, Kings 1 (OT)
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Despite a major shake up to the forward lines, the Kings lack of scoring continued Saturday afternoon in Uniondale, N.Y., as they were held to one goal or fewer for the fourth time in the last five games, dropping them to 1-3-1 on this season-long six-game road trip.
THE STAT: At this rate, the Kings will finish as the lowest-scoring NHL team in the last 10 years. Their scoring average dipped again to 2.07 goals per game. The last team to average under 2.09 goals was the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2001-02 and, not surprisingly, they had the worst record in the Western Conference.
TURNING POINT: The offensive issues have been going on for some time, but L.A.’s defense has remained one of the best in the NHL. That wasn’t the case on the winning goal, however. Islanders defenseman and team captain Mark Streit skated right around Kings defenseman Alec Martinez at the blue line, then weaved through Trevor Lewis and Andrei Loktionov before letting go of a shot just as a fourth member of the Kings, defenseman Matt Greene, skated into the picture. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was positioned well for the shot, but the puck skidded through his pads 1:36 into overtime. The Kings lost in overtime or a shootout for the 11th time this season, tied for the league lead.
HOT: Kings rookies Jordan Nolan and Dwight King did indeed start on the second line with center Mike Richards. Nolan and King were called up from the AHL on Friday and immediately put to the test. Nolan, who made his NHL debut, had three good scoring chances on the doorstep but was unable to get a blade on the puck. Richards finished with five shots on goal and three that were off target, his busiest game since before he was sidelined eight games because of a concussion in early December. It was easily the best game for the second line in a while. Unfortunately, they weren’t rewarded with any points.