Friday, February 24, 2012

Hey Mr. Carter

"Reunited & It Feels So Good.."
It’s no secret.  The Los Angeles Kings are floundering.  The Kings have won only two of their last ten.  The entire roster has struggled to score goals, averaging only 2.05 goals per game, dead last in the NHL.

The Kings averaged 2.55 goals last season (25th in the league).  Dean Lombardi did his best to bolster their anemic offense in the offseason.  Unfortunately, the results this season have been mixed at best.

Fans were ecstatic when Dean Lombardi acquired Mike Richards prior to the Draft.  He was fantastic during the first two months of the season posting 20 points in 24 games.  Unfortunately, Richards has only 11 points in 29 games since suffering a concussion in early December.  PASS.

Perfect, DL got a #1A center to compliment Kopitar.  Only box that needed to be checked was a top-line left wing…

Dustin Penner.  His late-season struggles followed him into this season.  He’s got five goals in 44 games.  A handful of healthy scratches.  Currently in Coach Sutter’s doghouse.  FAIL.

Simon Gagne.  Finally, the left wing that Kopitar has been so desperate for.  Seven goals in 34 games before going down with a concussion.  FAIL.

Scott Parse.  Two goals in 9 games before season-ending hip surgery.  FAIL.

Enter Jeff Carter.  Yes.  THAT Jeff Carter.