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Off Day Watch, 12/19: Forwards Cool Off, the Carolina Ice Doesn’t

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Marian Gaborik’s scratch exacerbates LA’s offensive concerns. On the other hand, Lucic isn’t doing much better.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone always talks about back-to-back games. No one ever talks about the third game in four days, though. Maybe it’s harder to notice. But there’s no question that the Kings, who used up their second wind in holding Pittsburgh off the scoresheet on Friday, suffered yesterday. This third-in-four thing hasn’t worked too well for the Kings. They’ve played a third game in four days on four other occasions, and you probably remember every game:

October 30: Chicago 3, Kings 0 (second straight shutout)
November 1: Anaheim 4, Kings 0 (third straight shutout)
November 11: Ottawa 2, Kings 1 (two late goals against)
November 20: Kings 3, Anaheim 2 (Ducks score two, outshoot LA 17-3 in third)

So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the Kings faltered.

KINGS NEWS

  • What was a surprise: Marian Gaborik was scratched. The initial thought was that it was a day off for a guy coming back from a two-month layoff, but Darryl Sutter had choice words for #12. [LA Kings Insider]
  • Dustin Brown also was out yesterday, but due to a non-serious injury. Speaking of Brown: is he safe in June: Pierre LeBrun has some Kings-related thoughts on the expansion draft. [ESPN]
  • Our Player Ranker wasn’t working yesterday, but it is now! Votevotevote! [JftC]

LEAGUE AND WORLD NEWS

  • We got an instance of “Crosby’s so good, why make stuff up?” on Friday. Here’s another one. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • If it makes you feel better, Milan Lucic is not up to snuff with Connor McDavid. [Oilers Nation]
  • SB Nation may have implied that the Blue Jackets aren’t as good as their record. SBN’s Blue Jackets blog begs to differ. [The Cannon]

WATCH THIS

Eric Burger, who makes Kings GIFs on Twitter, provided some context to Tuukka Rask pulling down the net yesterday to stall after a late icing call.

GAME TO WATCH

Carolina-Detroit, which is today’s free NHL.com streaming game of the day, is currently being delayed due to a cooling failure. Right now they’re killing time, and it’s wildly entertaining. Stream it here.

If it doesn’t happen, watch Arizona-Calgary, I don’t care.