Penalty killers to get another test
Recent history would indicate that the Colorado Avalanche isn’t the team the Kings would like to play right now. The Kings are 0-2-1 against the Avalanche this season and have been outscored 7-4 (not including the bonus shootout goal). The Avalanche are 25th in the NHL in goals per game and 19th in goals-against, but they do have the league’s seventh-best power-play unit, and that’s a red flag for a Kings team that allowed a season-worst three power-play goals last night. Colorado is 3-for-14 on the power play in its last four games. “We’ll have our hands full tonight, because they have a good power play and we have to be careful,’’ Darryl Sutter said. Did Sutter see anything in the Kings’ penalty killing last night that was of particular concern?
SUTTER: “They weren’t really penalty-killing mistakes. On one, Greener got beat on the outside with speed and Kopi lost, with the way we do it, Kopi lost his man. Really, that’s the same as 5-on-5. Then on the tying goal, we win the faceoff and Drew doesn’t get it down the ice. It’s simple. Or (at least) get it out of the zone. Those are just like 5-on-5 plays that you review and show. Those are individual mistakes that you can correct. They’re not system penalty-killing mistakes. That was probably the only frustrating part of it.’’