The December swoon is in full force. Funny how you can almost set your watch by it. Like the Swallows returning to Capistrano or Old Faithful or Haley's Comet.
Wont even bother going into player details but watching the game its pretty easy to see whats wrong with this team. You know on the Hockey Video games how they give player ratings? The Kings are a team that has 3 or 4 forwards that are just 1 or 2 points below where they need to be to be effective and contribute on a daily basis. I am not knocking Simmonds or Moller-I am sure they will be fine NHLers but imagine where the team would be if these two players were actually bonafide NHL wingers and not rookies with some promise? I am not singling these two out specifically other then to make a point that we just don't have the depth at forward to compete night in night out. The red wings are the red wings because they don't have any players of this ilk. Throw in the fact our star players are Ice Cold and you've got a recipe for a losing team.
Won't even mention Calder the rally killer though I am pretty sure I just did. When his linemates start to cycle-he'll be the guy to make the bad pass or lose the one on one battle. On the breakout, he'll either be the guy who cant cleanly handle the breakout pass or the one to try and make that one extra pass that gets picked off. There is no reason Richardson shouldn't be given a shot or call up Purcell. Something, anything.
I predict the swoon will continue. We'll lose more games then we win...probably at about a 2 to 1 rate. Then with about 3 or 4 games to go before the All Star break we we will get hot and win every game-only to have that rhythm and momentum squelched for the week break. Its the Kings...its the way it is.