Bernie Nicholls scored 475 goals in 1,127 regular-season NHL games. Most of those goals came with the Los Angeles Kings, including a 70-goal season in 1988-89 on a team that not-so-coincidentally featured Wayne Gretzky.
These days, Nicholls is trying to help the current Kings fill the net. The 50-year-old has been brought in as a “casual” consultant by new coach Darryl Sutter.
The Pumper Nicholler pulled no punches in assessing L.A.’s offense under former coach Terry Murray.
“…for a skilled team, it’s sad to say but they were terrible to watch,” said Nicholls, as per the Los Angeles Times. “They may get 15 shots in a game and you’re going, ‘Wow.’ They’ve got too much skill and too much offense to do that.”
The Kings still rank dead last in offense, averaging 2.1 goals per game. However, they’ve managed four goals in two of their last five games. So…progress?
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
When Lars Eller netted his hat trick goal (his third of four goals last night) there weren’t just hats hitting the ice at Bell Centre. There was a sex toy as well. (@geeyee17 on Twitter)
Patrick Kane makes his first trip back to Philadelphia since scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal of the 2010 finals. Chicago hopes it’s a visit that will get his game going. (Chicago Tribune)
Time to fire up the Patrice Bergeron of Selke campaign in Boston. With performances like he had last night, it should be an easy one to rally support for. (Boston Herald)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ bum shoulder is bad enough so the Oilers sent him back to Edmonton while on their current road trip. (Edmonton Journal)
The Kings need as much help scoring as possible, so they asked legendary former King Bernie Nicholls to come talk to the team. (L.A. Times)
The Blues are hoping that the calendar change to 2012 will snap them out of their mini-funk. (Post-Dispatch)
As if times weren’t tough enough for the Sabres, now things are getting quiet at their home arena First Niagara Center. Guys, you have to win more often to get the fans to be loud. (Buffalo News)
Ladislav Smid has done yeoman’s work playing defense in Edmonton this year. (Edmonton Journal)