Congratulations to the Kings
You have to hand it to Los Angeles and new coach Terry Murray, who managed to pull out their first win of the season against Anaheim tonight despite icing a defence core that looked like so (with minutes played):
Tom Preissing 23:56
Sean O'Donnell 22:03
Peter Harrold 17:55
Matt Greene 16:06
Denis Gauthier 15:56
Drew Doughty 15:52
Doughty apparently left this one with flu-like symptoms, which at this point could mean absolutely anything. In case you missed it, Jack Johnson's out for quite a while with a bum shoulder, so this is going to be the crew going forward.
You also have to feel pretty good for Jason LaBarbera, who has been phenomenal so far this season despite the fact the Kings came into this one winless. There was an awful lot of nonsense written in the off-season about how Los Angeles needed better goaltending than he provided last year, but that's simply not the case.
It was the backups that let this team down in 2007-08. LaBarbera posted a save percentage (.910) equal to Vezina finalist Evgeni Nabokov last year and remains one of the league's most underrated backstops.
The Kings' team save percentage was just .900 last season but is at .919 after three games.