LAKings.com Feature: Winter’s Spell
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It was discussed briefly in today’s Waking Up with the Kings, but if you’re looking for the factors that have led to the Kings’ post-Christmas challenges, they’re explained in my weekly LAKings.com feature, Winter’s Spell.
Dustin Brown sits at his stall, surrounded by four reporters, patiently and thoroughly answering questions about an offensive malaise that has produced one goal in the last 236 minutes and 47 seconds.
Held scoreless during the eight-game stretch away from Staples Center, Brown remains stuck on one road point this season, a goal in the 3-2 shootout win at Anaheim on December 3. His last power play point was recorded three months ago.
“I mean, I’m having a down year, significantly, for me. I’ve got to get back on track for myself. It doesn’t lend myself just to scoring goals or getting points. It’s about my whole game,” he said. “But we’ve got a few players that are probably down on career averages across the board, minus maybe Carts and Kop. So when you’re having a few players that are struggling to find the net, cumulatively it can be tough sledding. But, again, it’s not about any one individual. It’s about finding ways – secondary scoring, fourth line goal scoring, whatever we have.”
Catch up on previous LAKings.com features – especially Culture Shift and Five-Ringed Granger, which were only linked recently.
Previous LAKings.com features:
Mark Morris: An Open Door
Darryl Sutter: Playing Hardball
Dining Out with Willie Mitchell
Kings of CHLA
West is Best
Talk About It
Little Time for Rest
Make Them Better
Will to Win
Smooth and Selke
Up, Up and Away
In Their Eyes
Work in Progress
Scuderi’s Actions Speak
Brown’s Model a Path for Doughty