I think I'm generally an optimistic person. I'm not that concerned about Jonathan Quick, or the fact that shots aren't going in, or that we've had to win five games in the shootout.
Well, okay, I'm a little concerned. Probably has to do with the fact that the Kings lost to the Predators, in Jonathan Quick's worst start of the season, right before the four-day break. Anxiety!
Anyway, if you look at the individual performances of the Kings, no one has had a true stinker of a season. Quick has mostly confined his struggles to a few games, the defensemen have largely improved over the course of the year, and the forwards (aside from perhaps Lewis, Stoll, and Fraser) have been effective aside from, you know, scoring goals. As for the next month, and beyond? I'm excited as hell for Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey, but the current health issues of Jeff Carter, Matt Greene, and Jarret Stoll provide another obstacle. Prediction: the Kings also go 9-6 in their next fifteen games, but move up in the standings.
The Kings did a lot of things pretty well in October. Their possession game steadily improved and is heading back to the levels we grew accustomed to after the Carter trade. However, small issues that have plagued them on and off since last season started don't seem to have evaporated just yet. Kings' goalscoring has been very quiet, especially given the amount of possession they generate. This reminds me of the start of last season, so hopefully it finishes the same way in that regard and the Kings wind up with the 10th best (or better!) offense in the league.
Quick isn't great yet either. By far my biggest concern right now. He wasn't good last season until the playoffs started. He has been downright bad so far this season. I would give the Kings, as a team, a B- for October. The good thing is that I think their biggest flaws are either self-correcting or easily fixable.
More from Jewels From The Crown:
- Jonathan Quick's Awful Year
- This Week in Kings (11/4/13)
- LA Kings' Top 25 Under 25: #5 - Tanner Pearson
- Player Power Rankings: Kopitar on Top, Bottom Six... on the Bottom
- Sutter calls out Mitchell and Greene
- Recap: A Quick Loss to Nashville