Another night, another stick where it absolutely should never be (especially if you’re the unlucky victim).
As you can see from the video – beginning with the Fox Sports local telecast for the Kings, quite obviously – Drew Doughty caught Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown below the belt during Sunday’s game.
Doughty received a “slashing” penalty for that infraction.
So, the questions must emerge: should any additional discipline come? Is there any reason Doughty deserves a lighter or heavier punishment than Brandon Prust received for his bit of business with Brad Marchand?
Enough questions. Here’s a request: let’s not make this a disturbing pattern.
Johnson’s dealt with some serious peaks and valleys, but this would be a great time to get healthy and start piling up points. He started cold last season, so maybe this is the beginning of a big turnaround?
The Bolts will settle for him helping them beat the Kings, really.
Mike Cammalleri and the Devils’ surprising scorers
It’s not that unusual to see a team with an uneven distribution of scoring – plenty are basically two lines and little else – but it’s surprising to see just how productive the Devils’ very few scorers have been.
Cammalleri is at 30, but he’s far from alone.
Adam Henrique‘s at 23 points. Lee Stempniak scored his sixth goal and 21st point after needing to try out. Relative cast-off Kyle Palmieri generated his 11th goal and Adam Henrique is really fulfilling his promise.
And, again, the Devils aren’t getting much else. Beyond that group of five scorers including Travis Zajac, no other Devil is in double digits in points.
Yes, that’s a little scary for New Jersey’s season-long hopes … but wow, who even saw this coming?
Fair or not, goalies are paid in part to bail their teams out when they make mistakes.
Arizona’s netminders Mike Smith and Anders Lindback have failed in the role of escape valves more than most pairings so far this season, something that Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett admitted after Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
That’s not to say that Tippett threw the netminders under the bus alone, mind you.
Dave Tippett: "We need better goaltending if we're going to be competitive & we've got to take a lot of the mistakes out of our game."
The Coyotes were a fairly popular pick as the worst team in the NHL coming into 2015-16, but that doesn’t ease Tippett’s frustrations. Sometimes the reality of the situation stinks even if most saw it coming a mile away.
It’s tougher to foresee what Tippett can do to improve things, beyond … being patient?
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