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by Paul on 11/08/11 at 11:59 AM ET
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
With numerous home practices behind them and an easy travel schedule ahead, Lombardi is ready to cast a critical eye on a team that hasn’t scored consistently. He took the Kings’ solid performance Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh as a sign that his players have hit their stride and that he can now regularly demand high-caliber efforts. However, he didn’t get it Monday in a 4-2 loss at San Jose that extended the team’s winless streak to five.
“It’s a matter of getting our competitiveness and our emotion where it needs to be,” he said. “If we come out and play where we did [Saturday] or give that type of effort, a lot of these other things will fall into place.
“That said, obviously we’re not getting some production from some key sources.”
added 10:38am, Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun also discuss the problems in LA,
LeBrun: Certainly, Murray is bearing the brunt of Kings fans on Twitter, that’s for sure. My thought, though, is that GM Dean Lombardi would look to make a trade before making that kind of move. Improvement from within would also help. Franchise defenseman Drew Doughty has struggled since signing his eight-year, $56-million deal, although a shoulder injury didn’t help things.
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