There was plenty of hope and excitement last week when the Kings went 2-0-1 and scored 13 goals in three games. They had, in the view of some, finally broken free from the Terry Murray shackles. Now the Kings have scored a total of five regulation goals in their last four games. A large percentage of Kings forwards (and defensemen, for that matter) are on pace to score below their career averages, and these aren’t past-their-prime players. Justin Williams, of late, has not been the problem. In fact, he’s been one of the few consistent players, with three goals and six assists in his last seven games. So, Williams was asked about the difference in the Kings, from that 14-goal burst compared to this recent slumber.
WILLIAMS: “It’s the grind of the season. You’re not going to score every game, four goals, and you’re not going to get shut out in every game. But consistency is certainly what we need to find, in the aspect of scoring goals. Yeah, we had some chances (against Colorado), but ultimately it’s the second-chance efforts, the turnovers, the strips from behind that we need to get, that we’re not getting. Our power play had a chance, late, to get one, and we didn’t.’’