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Off-Day Watch 10/8: You Mean Teams Score On The Power Play?

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What’s that even like?

Arizona Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Is it too early to worry about the power play?

It’s too early, right?

The Kings picked up their first win of the season last night over the Detroit Red Wings with a final score of 4-2, which was great news, but less great news is the fact that they’re still coming up with a big old goose egg on the power play. Granted, they’re in good company: the Sharks, Lightning, Predators, and Golden Knights are among the nine teams who have yet to register a goal on the man advantage.

Some of the wounds are self-inflicted; the Kings have repeatedly negated power plays by immediately taking penalties of their own, including a high-sticking penalty from Jeff Carter last night just seven seconds into a Kings power play.

Between losing important faceoffs, failure to get set up in the zone, and a seeming inability to stay there once they have the puck, it’s just not looking great. The Kings registered just three shots on the power play last night, two of which came from Ilya Kovalchuk. There’s still 80 games left, but something has got to give eventually.

That first power play goal is going to feel real good when it finally happens.

Kings Things

All that power play stuff was a real downer. Here, watch this.

The Ontario Reign won a wild 6-5 game in overtime against the Stockton Heat. [Reign Insider]

Winging it in Motown breaks down the play by Dylan Larkin last night that led to Kopitar’s opening goal. [WIIM]

Ilya Kovalchuk recorded two assists last night, his first points in a Kings uniform, and first in the NHL since 2013. [NHL]

Drake Rymsha and Matt Luff had a very important message for Jaret Anderson-Dolan.

Attention, everyone who has ever asked why the Kings don’t salute fans on ice after a game.

The Kings did some fancy cap management in order to recall Peter Budaj.

Elsewhere in the World

If teams know what’s good for them, they’ll keep putting together players and pups calendars. The Capitals are already on it. [RMNB]

The Dallas Stars are off to a hot start, but there’s still reasons for skepticism. [Defending Big D]

Speaking of hot starts, the Buffalo Sabres are looking to reverse their years-long trend of losing records. [Buffalo News]

Goaltender Meeri Räisänen is looking forward to the challenge of playing in North America. [The Ice Garden]

The Blackhawks honored Stan Mikita with a moving tribute before their home opener last night. [NHL]

William Nylander still doesn’t have a contract. Can past RFA hold-out Nikita Kucherov’s contract be a bluepirint for moving forward? [Raw Charge]

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