Game 32 (14-14-4)
DETROIT – I mentioned that the Los Angeles Kings had little room for error tonight, that they needed to play with a solid 60-minute effort if they had any chance of winning, which especially meant a strong start. Whatever the reason, the Kings seemed to have either missed or just neglected to read the memo as they suffered their worst defeat of the season, getting pummeled 8-2.
Tonight, the Kings were downright embarrassing in the Motor City. So much for Jonathan Quick’s spectacular play in Detroit as he got yanked after allowing three goals on seven shots. For what it’s worth, though, Jonathan Bernier wasn’t any better as he allowed five goals on fifteen shots.
As much as the Kings are to blame for their miserable night, the Red Wings just continue what they’ve been doing best lately: scoring. Coming into tonight’s game, the Wings scored 27 goals in their seven games this month. That total has added considerably after tonight.
Danny Cleary, Niklas Kronwall and Cody Emmerton all had three-point nights while Drew Miller, along with the aforementioned Emmerton, each had two-goal games. To allow so many goals against any team is bad but it’s a little more tolerable when it’s against a Detroit game who scored seven on the Winnipeg Jets just seven days ago. Nonetheless, a loss like this is ugly no matter how you put it.
Amazingly, it wasn’t until their 8th goal when Detroit cashed in on the power play as it was former King Brad Stuart who increased the lead to six.
On a positive note, Justin Williams and Dustin Penner each had an assist and, after failing to score for 83 games, Davis Drewiske scored his second goal in as many games. Even Jarret Stoll, whose been struggling this season, managed to score.
There are so many questions concerning the Los Angeles Kings after tonight’s showing and few, if any, answers. The Kings will look to rebound when they wrap up their road trip on Monday in Toronto. The quicker they can move past tonight, the better.
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