It wasn’t how they hoped to kick off their preseason schedule but the Los Angeles Kings still have some positives to take from their 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.
Ben Scrivens, who made his Los Angeles debut, admitted that he didn’t have the greatest game but did say that it was good to get some game experience with his new team and build off that. Despite the loss, Scrivens did admit that he became more comfortable as the game went along.
To the Kings’ credit, they started the game off well. Unfortunately, penalties set them back a bit and as the game went along, most players seemed to lag behind on the ice. Of course, in all fairness, last night’s contest was only the first game of the preseason so the silver-and-black definitely have a lot of time to adjust on improve on different facets of their game.
The game, unfortunately, was a bit overshadowed by a Jordan Nolan hit on Phoenix’s Rusty Klesla who sustained a neck injury on the play. While Nolan’s hit looked clean, the outcome of it was nothing more than unfortunate. Of course, being that it looked like a head shot, don’t be surprised if the NHL looks into the hit further.
Some of the Kings rookies made some mistakes but not too much should be expected after one game.
Last night’s shortcoming wasn’t a tough loss but a learning experience as the Kings hope to bounce back next game as they try to garner all the confidence they can heading into the regular season which is now just over two weeks away.