Tag:Justin Willuiams dean lombardi dustin brown wayne simmonds brad richardson jack johnson kings
Posted on: January 13, 2010 5:13 pm
What could have been a fantastic season has now turned into a series of question marks.
What's wrong with Dustin Brown? Can Anze Kopitar regain his earlier form? How long will Greene be out with his knee injury (3-4 weeks). Can Jonathan Quick maintain his current intense pace? Will Justin Williams be replaced?
Kopitar said it best. "This home stretch is our season". Although coach Murray didn't quite agree with that, he's right. This 7 game homestand is huge. And it hasn't gotten off to a good start.
It doesn't get any easier.
San Jose today? Not easy.
The surging Ducks up next? Always a great rivalry but they're the better team right now.
Boston Saturday? Could be 5 straight home losses.
San Jose again? Could be six straight.
Buffalo and the hottest goaltender in the league?
The Kings could lose seven straight at home. To realistically think that the Kings will wind up this homestand 5-2 is... well... unrealistic.
The Kings are in trouble.
The Red Wings are chomping at the heels and are getting healthier each week.
The King have failed to replace Justin Williams (so far... but there are rumblings of a trade for a very nice winger) and Teddy Purcell and Dustin Brown and even Wayne Simmonds (the 2nd time) have failed to provide any firepower.
Dustin Brown is doing his best Dave Kingman imitation and whiffing at almost every puck he sees. He's now been demoted to the 3rd line. The captain. If it wasn't for the energy line of Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson, the Kings would probably resemble the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The defense is woeful. Jack Johnson is the 2nd worst defenseman in the league at -16. Rob Scuderi hasn't been the same since he wasn't selected to the USA Olympic team (how the hell did he get 3rd star last night? Did they even watch him in the 1st period?), and you can't tell me Alec Martinez and Peter Harrold are the answers to stopping Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf and Thomas Vanek.
Dean Lombardi has been sitting back saying "they need to learn how to win". Well, they've done that over the first half and are now going through some adversity.
We'll see tonight if Terry Murray's talking to wakes up the players, but they have a tough tough road ahead of them into the Olympic break.
Lombardi must replace Williams and he must get the Kings some defensive help.
Otherwise, it will be 7 straight seasons without the playoffs and another top 10 draft pick.