November 13, 2009 11:59 am

Circle of life?

Faceoff percentage, an area of concern for the Kings early in the season, is popping up as a problem again. The Kings were 21 for 49 in the circle against Carolina, after a 32-for-62 effort against Chicago. Below, Terry Murray talks about his centers getting kicked out of the circle too often. I didn’t notice that as much against Carolina, but I did notice it against Nashville last Saturday, when the Kings won only 18 of 47 faceoffs.

MURRAY: “We’re getting thrown out too much. Center icemen, especially in our D zone, they’re there for a reason. You know that you’re the visiting team and you’ve got to put your stick down first and you’ve got to wait for the other center iceman to react and put his stick down, and then the puck is dropped. I think we’re trying to be too aggressive in those situations, and we’re getting thrown out far too often.”

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