By Gann Matsuda • FrozenRoyalty.net •
After a 3-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the Nashville Predators on February 7 in Nashville, the Los Angeles Kings have dropped to 3-4-2 to start the abbreviated 2013 campaign.
Indeed, after raising their black, white and silver 2012 Stanley Cup banner on January 19, the Kings are now raising red flags due to their inconsistent play in the offensive zone, and lots of blatant defensive blunders in the neutral zone and especially in their own zone—they look nothing like the team that dominated the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
So what gives?
What stands out the most is the fact that veteran defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell are out of the lineup. The two eat up significant minutes on the blue line, they are key penalty-killers, and are often on the ice in key defensive situations.
- ESPN: Pekka Rinne stops 32 shots, helps Predators blank Kings
- THE SPORTS NETWORK: Rinne and Preds blank Kings
- ASSOCIATED PRESS: Rinne stops 32 shots as Predators blank Kings
- LATIMES: L.A. starts slow and can’t get past goalie Prekka Rinne
- LAEXAMINER: Kings fall short in Nashville
- INSIDER: Darryl Sutter Quotes
- INSIDER: Justin Williams Quotes
- INSIDER: Dustin Brown Quotes
- INSIDER: Postgame Notes
- PREDATORS: Nashville looks sharp in shutout of defending champs
- PREDATORS: Postgame Quotes