Ways to increase goal scoring
On the morning after Los Angeles outshot Nashville by a two-to-one margin in regulation and spent large swaths of the game in the offensive zone yet lost 2-1 in a shootout, some of the questions being asked surrounded ways that additional scoring could be generated.
Anze Kopitar, on what can be done to increase production:
“We were in their zone [Thursday night], but were pretty much on the outside for the most part. We’ve got to get back to the support that’s needed in the offensive zone, and then create mini two-on-ones where you beat the guys in getting into the slot and I guess coming inside of the dot area to create better angles to score.”
Kopitar, on a 30th-ranked power play that has two goals in 33 chances:
“Well, we got one. Last night, too. It was a power play goal. Yeah, there’s no secret to it. We want to be better. We’ve been working on it. When the opportunity comes like it did last night in the third period, you want to make sure, and we didn’t create a whole lot. It’s responsibility on us that we’re on the ice, and we’ll be better next time.”
Kopitar, on whether “keeping it simple” with a point shot and bodies in front can aid the power play:
“It really doesn’t matter how they come, as long as they do. Usually, the power play gets going on a point shot and a tip or something on a rebound, just like we did last night. We’ve got to keep on working on the five-on-four part, too, and start scoring goals, really.”