The better team lost. Dumb. At least we got a point from a very good team.
Ballard is a nice addition. I saw him make one very terrible mistake at about the 2:30 mark in the 2nd, when he turned it over in our own zone, but it did not lead to a goal. Other than that, I think he had a nice game. Had a very nice hit on Brown, and won a fight.
All the young guys looked good, specifically Coyle and Nino.
Backstrom is what he is. Good enough to squeeze out points when your defense only allows 18 shots, but absolutely terrible in shoot outs.
I was hoping to see a change in Heatley as he is in a contract year, but he looked the same as last year.
Defensive pairings look a lot better.
We actually looked very good in this game, but I agree with Nate. Since Yeo has taken over, we always seem content with one goal leads. Instead of keeping the offensive attack going, it seems we play too defensively...one goal leads are not enough.
First line needs to do a lot more...we have something like 20 million tied into those guys. Not that Koivu was bad, but Coyle was much better. If that continues, put him with Pominville and Parise. Also, Heatley is just...god that guy is slow. Coyle and Nino have a lot of talent, and played very well. Granlund belongs with those guys, not Heatley. Put Heatley on the third line with Cooke and Brodiziak, where there physical play will set up his shot, don't put him on a skilled line where he kills puck movement and opportunities. Put a skilled player on a skilled line.
Its way too early, but based on one game (which should not be a decision maker), my lines would be...
Parise - Coyle - Pominville
Nino - Koivue - Granlund
Cooke - Brod - Heatley
4th line = matchups
Our young guys out performed the money guys today. I don't know if that had to do with the luck of the lines our money line went up against today or what (which if it did, that is a coaching plunder), but Granlund, Coyle and Nino all played better than Parise, Koivu and Pominville.
I attribute some of the young guys out performing the money line due to the competitive nature of the exhibition season, where they all had to outwork each other to make the team, and in the long run of the season, Parise, Koivu, and Pom will likely be better...but god, for those three guys who are known for their work ethic and leadership, you would think that they would come out with better play than guys who are just trying to find their way.
I actually thought we outplayed the kings by quite a bit, kinda disappointing to only get 1 point for the effort. I know the first line didnt perform up to their compensation, but i think they were close to putting us up two goals several times, which would have sealed the win. Backstrom was so-so... I think we will slowly move towards splitting time between he and harding, backs is just so bad in shootouts and i dont understand why... before it began i almost thought we should have thrown in a cold harding..
This team has a lot more "swag" to it than last year, the young guys are finding some confidence, which is a great sign, especially coyle.. I agree, he could be a first liner for sure.