Kings Make Statement to NHL
With all the troubles the Kings have had in penalty killing at home, no one would have said last season that they could shoot their way past their problems. The Kings have ratcheted up the offense scoring 19 goals in five games thanks in large part to a retooled No. 1 line.
In the offseason the Kings traded for Ryan Smyth from the Colorado Avalanche. Having dealt with injuries the last couple seasons, he is looking to have a bounce back season. So far he was scored four goals and four assists in five games. Along with Anze Kopitar (10 points) and Justin Williams (five points), this first line have been reeking havoc on opponents.
To illustrate this scoring onslaught, the Kings 6-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on October 6 and 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild marking the first time since November 1997 that the Kings have scored six goals in consecutive games.