One-goal games increasingly important - LA Kings Insider

One stat that probably hasn’t received as much attention as it deserves is the Kings’ record in one-goal games. This season, the Kings have a 14-10-11 record in one-goal games (39 out of a possible 70 points), compared to last season, when they were 23-9-6 (52 of 76 points). The Kings have played 35 one-goal games this season, most in the NHL — Colorado and Ottawa have each played 31 — and the Kings rank 25th in the NHL in winning percentage in one-goal games. That stat doesn’t mean everything, considering that Tampa Bay — 12th place in the Eastern Conference — has the second-best winning percentage in one-goal games, but given the number of tight, low-scoring games the Kings play, their ability to win those games seems increasingly important. It’s fair to note that while the Kings have been underachieving of late, they have rarely been thoroughly outplayed under Darryl Sutter. Thus, the importance of winning tight games.

SUTTER: “People connect effort with scoring. Well, that’s really unfair to these players, because they friggin’ lay it out there, and they will tonight. They’re like playoff games. For me, (these games are) a good measuring stick for a lot of guys who either haven’t been in that position or haven’t had success in that position. The biggest mistake that everybody made with this group was the expectations, because they lost in the first round last year. Well, you know what, that’s got nothing to do with anything.’’

In an unrelated discussion, about power-play personnel, Sutter also offered this, in a similar vein about young players and expectations…

SUTTER: “It’s not about this year, it’s about tonight. You’ve got three top skilled (forwards) and a guy like Drew and a guy like Johnson. If they’re on, they will present a lot of challenges to the other team. If they’re not, they present a lot of challenge to us. They’re young guys, other than Williams. They’ve got to stay in the moment. You can’t go anywhere other than that, and when they do that, they’re awesome. Kopi hasn’t been as sharp recently. He hasn’t quite been as involved as he’d like to be. So he just has to be sharper.’’

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#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

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Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


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Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
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Handedness: Left


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