The first game of the home-and-home is in the books and it was a doozy.
Amid all the controversy and emotion the underlying current of the game was that the Kings were again dominant in controlling the action at even strength.
Let's take a look at how the shot differentials broke down (and if you missed it click this to see what some of this stuff means):
- In this post, we looked at what to look for in terms of matchups. We discovered that it looked like the Kings try to get Kopitar on the ice against Thornton as much as possible. All of the fights and penalties definitely disrupted the flow so if that was the gameplan, it went out the window pretty fast. Still, it looked as though the Kings tried to keep Richards away from Thornton.
- It is striking that the Kings were dominant on the puck no matter who they had on the ice. And they were most dominant versus the Thornton line. It is worthwhile to note that the top two lines the Kings had going against Thornton were Kopitar and Stoll. Both were more than effective in winning the shot and scoring chance battles.
- Another thing that is striking is that Alec Martinez still rules. Their pairing (D3) was the most dominant of all (albeit against weak competition). JFTC is basically now just an Alec Martinez fan site.
- New to the above chart is Zone Adjustment. Read more about Zone Adjustment here.
Even Strength Line Combinations:
- L1 = Brown-Kopitar-Richardson
- L2 = King-Richards-Williams
- L3 = Penner-Stoll-Lewis
- L4 = Clifford-Fraser-Nolan
- D1 = Scuderi-Doughty
- D2 = Mitchell-Voynov
- D3 = Martinez-Greene
- L1 = Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski
- L2 = Clowe-Couture-Havlat
- L3 = Galiardi-Moore*-Winnik
- L4 = Winnik-Desjardins-Wingels
*Torrey Mitchell left early in the game due to injury and did not return.
- D1 = Boyle-Vlasic
- D2 = Demers-Burns
- D3 = White-Braun