Los Angeles Kings: Why the Kings Aren't Scoring & Why It's Dean Lombardi's Fault

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Los Angeles Kings: Why the Kings Aren't Scoring & Why It's Dean Lombardi's Fault
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The Kings' scoring problems go beyond their top-six forwards.

The top-six has been maligned all season, and rightly so.  However, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Mike Richards are scoring at a rate roughly similar to their pace last year.

                                2010-11 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection) 2011-12 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection)
Dustin Brown 0.34 goals per game (28 goals) 0.28 (23)
Anze Kopitar 0.33 (27) 0.28 (23)
Mike Richards 0.28 (23) 0.25 (21)

Ryan Smyth was part of LA's top-six last season and Richards has matched Smyth's performance, up to the annual midseason injury and slump. 

  2010-11 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection)
Ryan Smyth     0.28 (23)

Justin Williams has struggled to score, though he's still providing much-needed offensive creativity. Simon Gagne being hurt, well, hurts because the Kings never adequately replaced him.  Of course, Dustin Penner has driven off the cliff. 

  2010-11 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection) 2011-12 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection)
Simon Gagne   0.27 (22) 0.22 (18)
Justin Williams         0.30 (25) 0.20 (16)
Dustin Penner 0.28 (23) 0.11 (9)

The Kings are hoping that Jeff Carter can make up for both the loss of Gagne and the Penner Triangle, which is a tall task, but quite possible, given Carter's track record. 

  2007-08 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection) 2008-09 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection) 2009-10 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection) 2010-11 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection) 2011-12 Goals Per Game Average (82-game Projection)
Jeff Carter 0.35 (29) 0.56 (46) 0.45 (37) 0.45 (37) 0.36 (30)

So full credit must be given to Kings GM Dean Lombardi for finally patching up the top-six.

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