On a night when it was announced that the Los Angeles Kings signed their next head coach, Darryl Sutter, whose teams have been known for their
defensive prowess, they were dismantled by the Detroit Red Wings, 8-2.
Detroit rarely loses at home. That trend would not change against the hapless Kings. While it’s widely believed that the Kings’ lack of offense
has been the source of their woes, on this particular night, it was the defense which struggled to keep the team competitive.
At the end of the first period the Red Wings had scored four goals, two of them coming from Cory Emmerton. Davis Drewiske scored the lone first period goal for the Kings, his second in as many games.
Jarret Stoll would bring the Kings to within two goals, after reaching the back of the net halfway through the second period. It was a brief ray of hope in the game for Los Angeles. That was the last time the Kings would score however, while the Red Wings piled on, finishing with eight tallies in the game.
The Kings gave up eight goals on a mere 26 shots on net. Kings fans can only hope that this game was an anomaly, and not the beginning of a trend, as far as their team defense is concerned. They next face the equally struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, who have dropped four of their last five contests.