So as you can see, shooting—a basic fundamental of the game—is really giving the team a problem. While blocked shots against and missed shots are part of the same fundamental strain of ideas and problems, they both deserve their own slide as a weakness.
Missed shots are a result of two things: frustration and lack of creativity.
The Kings know they aren't scoring much, so the mantra is "put pucks on net." Well, the Kings have been putting pucks towards the net, but not necessarily on net.
The team has put a total of 198 shots on net this season, which is low. It's 28th in the league to be exact, ahead of only Anaheim with 188 and Nashville with 177. Here's the kicker, and the frustrating one: The Kings have missed 110 times, second-highest in the league behind Phoenix.
In comparison to the aforementioned Ducks and Preds, they have missed 75 and 90 shots respectively. Phoenix does miss a lot with 118, but they've taken a league-high 300 shots.
Combined with last slide, the Kings lose on average 35 shots on goal per game due to blocked and missed shots. Need I even say that that's a lot?
The team is frustrated and it is taking bad shots. This comes back to creativity as well. The team isn't exactly lighting the world ablaze by pulling defenders out of position with cross-seam, tape-to-tape passes in the offensive zone.
It often leaves the shooter with a very small window to hit the target amidst bodies of offensive and defensive players alike.
The team has the personnel and talent to be more creative. The hard part is getting the players to do it.
Gretzky was right: you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. In the Kings' case, however, you will likely miss about 50 percent of the shots you take as well.