After winning 4 games in a row, the Los Angeles Kings were defeated twice in as many nights to bring their record to 4-3-0 after 7 games.
On Wednesday night the setting was New York City where in the end the Kings were taken down by the New York Rangers by a score of 4-2. The loss was a tough one to take because while watching, I could only see that LA had control of that game for most of the night and most everyone afterwords agreed. I mean, the Kings kept the Rangers to one stinkin' shot in the 3rd period, which coincidentally, sadly, was also a goal. Even with that though, I have to commend them on their play that night, especially considering they were taking on perhaps the hottest team in the league at the time.
On Thursday night, I can't really say the same. Their 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings was not a hard fought battle at all and the Kings seem to give up at many points during play, for extended periods of time. It seemed like they didn't believe they could win against this team and it showed on the ice. I don't know if it was because they were tired in this back to back games scenario or they just didn't believe they could take down this mighty team, but something was off and I didn't like it. I'm sure they didn't like it either though and I'm extremely positive they'll bounce back with a big win in their next game.
As I usually do, I have a Teddy Purcell update as well, this time some good news mixed with bad. To get the negatives out of the way first, Teddy apparently missed practice yesterday showing flu symptoms. Coach says that a decision on whether Purcell will play tonight in Columbus will come sometime today. The good news is that Teddy is being praised by Coach by how great his game has been as of late saying things like "He’s tremendous. He is so smart. He makes so many good plays and reads and he’s playing the right way." It's great to see that Ted is working so hard and I hope he feels better today so that he can continue that hard work beating the Blue Jackets!
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