Kings vs. Blackhawks: Los Angeles’ Playmakers Can’t Snooze Any Longer

It's clear that the best player on the Los Angeles Kings is goalie Jonathan Quick. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year and has been stellar in this year's playoffs.

But Quick can't do it all by himself. He needs the timely scoring support that he got from his teammates last year if the Kings are going to get past the Chicago Blackhawks and win a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings had very little offense in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. The only goal they scored in the opening 2-1 loss came off the stick of seventh-game hero Justin Williams in the first period when he jumped on a loose puck and sent it skittering past Corey Crawford.

The Kings manufactured very few threats against the Blackhawks, as they were outshot 36-22. In that first period, Chicago had a notable 17-2 margin.

Shots on goal don't always reflect the way a period or a game is played, but it was a factor for the Kings in Game 1. They were victimized by the Blackhawks' noted puck possession game.

Los Angeles is down one game in series and there is nothing for head coach Darryl Sutter to panic about. But it does need to find its offense quickly, or it could find itself down 2-0 or 3-0.

Specifically, the Kings need more from Anze Kopitar, their best offensive player. He has scored two goals in the postseason and he was quite hard to find on the ice against Chicago. Kopitar had one shot on goal in 19:10 of ice time.

We're not picking on Kopitar, but when the best player starts to produce, it makes things a lot easier for the rest of the team.

The Kings may have won their first two rounds against the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, but it wasn't due to their ability to put the puck in the net. They have scored 27 goals in 14 games, giving them a none-too-robust average of 1.93 goals per game.

That is not going to get it done. A year ago, the Kings did not set records with...

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