Los Angeles Kings Masking Porous Defense with Potent Offense

November 13th, 2014 by Vinh Cao Leave a reply »

Over the past few games, Los Angeles’ defense hasn’t been as stout as the numbers suggest. Sloppy coverage, an inept breakout and missing players have conspired to throw a wrench in the Kings’ typically stingy brand of hockey.

In a strange turn, however, Darryl Sutter’s tight-checking squad has stayed afloat with a surge of quick-strike offense.

It’s scored 14 goals in the past four outings (3.5 goals per game) and amassed six of a possible eight points in that span. According to Hockey-Reference.com, L.A. had only scored 28 times (2.33 GPG) in the previous 12 contests.

Through a mix of good fortune and long-overdue lineup decisions, the Kings have found a way to outscore their serious defensive problems.


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