The Los Angeles Kings offense has been as explosive as a firecracker this season, but things were really getting bad tonight. Using tonight’s box score and Helene Elliott’s math, the Kings needed the equivalent of two games and 10 minutes* to score a goal.
Davis Drewiskie found the net 4:33 into the third period and then Dustin Brown notched the game-winner a little less than four minutes later as the Kings topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. That’s a downright deluge of offense for this team.
Impotent offense-related snark aside, the most important thing is that Los Angeles stopped a dispiriting five-game losing streak. It doesn’t change the fact that the Kings’ confidence cannot be too high and it’s troubling that this should-be contender rarely gains any room for error, but at this point, they’ll take it.
* – To be exact, 130 minutes and 35 seconds.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.