Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild: Kings’ Struggles Continue

December 29th, 2009 by Life In Hockeywood Leave a reply »
Game 39: Wild 4, Kings 3

Could this be the harbinger of things to come?

The Kings struggled heading into the Christmas holiday, and still look out of sync in the last two games. But Monday's loss to the Wild was more disheartening than Saturday's 3-2 loss to Phoenix .

It was also the first game without Justin Williams, who is out 12 weeks with his broken "lower body extremity."

Taking his place on the top line was Teddy Purcell, who was a healthy scratch against the 'Yotes. When asked by Rich "The News Hound" Hammond whether this is Purcell's last chance, coach Terry Murray was typically non-committal :

"I’m going to have to keep demanding it and let him run with it for a little bit here," Murray said. "Again, I know he has been given a lot of rope already, but he’s been out. I think he clearly understands that he’s got to get some production, and give us production on a pretty consistent basis, to stay where he is tonight. We’ll watch and see, and hopefully it works out."

Purcell actually played admirably; the disappointment came from Anze Kopitar, who hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 12 against the Dallas Sta ...

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