The Kings had some decent chances, but kept missing the mark (13 missed shots) in the first two periods of their home opener against the Atlanta Thrashers. Fortunately for their fans, the Kings didn’t give up when they were down 1-0 going into the third period. They turned things around and won the game with three unanswered goals (including the empty netter at the end). Los Angeles has come from behind in both of their wins this season, which is a good sign for their fans. The Kings believe they can win and when shots don’t go in they keep trying knowing that they will eventually. That attitude and their talent should take the Kings far this season.
It had been four years since the Kings won their home opener in Staples Center and this season promises to be a lot better for Kings fans than the 2006-07 season. Their team got a taste of the playoffs last year and they’re ready to do better this time around. Expectations for the Kings are higher this year, but the team has a good attitude and is confident that they can live up to them. If Quick continues to be one of the best goalies in the league (currently 6th in save percentage and tied for 3rd with Luongo in goals against average), the future should be very bright for the Kings. He’s definitely the leader in the Kings’ successful penalty kill.
Los Angeles hosts the Vancouver Canucks (who knocked them out of the playoffs last season, but were beaten by the Kings in the season opener) Friday night at Staples Center. It’s sure to be another exciting game for their fans. Hopefully, the Kings won’t make their fans as nervous in Friday’s game. I’m sure the fans would be happier with a game where their team had the lead going into the third and kept it for a change.