by PuckStopsHere on 12/08/11 at 04:44 PM ET
It is rare that the lowest scoring team in the NHL would also be a playoff team but that is the case right now as the Los Angeles Kings have the lowest goals per game in the league at 2.26. The Kings would also be the eighth seed in the playoffs began today. Despite being the lowest scoring team in the league, the Kings have outscored their opponents by one goal.
The Kings defensive success comes from strong goaltending from Jonathan Quick as well as a top defence led by Drew Doughty. Their problem has been scoring. At this point only two players have ten or more goals. They are Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards. Richards is out with an upper body injury, so their offence could get even worse in the short term. The only other King with more than five goals is Simon Gagne. The Kings have a lack of significant goal scorers this season.
Last season the Kings had additional 20 goal scorers in Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Dustin Penner, Jarrett Stoll and Ryan Smyth. Smyth is in Edmonton this season. Williams and Brown have played alright, but have been limited to four and five goals respectively. Penner and Stoll are no longer scoring and have been offensive disappointments.
Los Angeles was not a top scoring team last year. Their offence was sixth worst in the league with 2.55 goals per game. They are down about a quarter of a goal per game. Largely this is a dropoff in scoring from their depth players.
Their defence has been very good. It has allowed the Kings to be a playoff team despite a lack of scoring. If the Kings had a stronger offence to go with their defence they would be among the top teams in the NHL. The lack of offence is holding them back. A potential problem is Jonathan Quick. He has no history of maintaining play at his current level over an entire season. He currently has a .934 saves percentage so far this season. His career best in a complete season is .918. If Quick falls to previous levels then the Kings will likely fall from a playoff berth.
The Los Angeles Kings are the lowest scoring team in the league so far this season. Despite that they currently hold eighth seed in the West Conference. Should their offence continue to fail to produce, the Kings could fall into trouble if their defence stops performing at its current level.
Add a Comment
Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.
Most Recent Blog Posts
About The Puck Stops Here
Who am I? A diehard hockey fan.
Why am I blogging? I want to.
Why are you reading it? ???