One good thing... - LA Kings Insider

The one significant positive Saturday from the Kings’ perspective — and this should not be ignored — is the fact that the power play scored three times in four chances. For a team that was mediocre with the man advantage for most of last season, that’s an excellent start, and Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth, in particular, looked as though they could have a strong impact on the power-play unit this season. Here’s what Terry Murray said about the Kings’ power play…

MURRAY: “It’s a work in progress, right through last year and through the training camp. It’s the same look that we’re trying to throw out there. There are different options that come off of it, but I think the instinctive part of the game, on the power play, now is starting to settle in. That’s the kind of puck pursuit and tenacity on the puck that we need to have with our mindset on 5-on-5. That’s there at times, and then it seems to go away too quickly.

“But the reason for the power-play (success) is the work that’s been put in. There are no surprises. Players know where to go and what’s going on. It’s something that, hopefully, we can rely on to bring us back in situations and get us on track in a game that maybe is not working out so well.”