So said Darryl Sutter in an interview where he looked as emotionally excited as Henry Kissinger reading a horoscope out loud. The team is 2-0-1 since he took over, but remains in 11th place and at least one game out of a playoff spot. I dunno, if you read some LA articles, there seems to be a belief that all the Kings were missing was a coach "Who would let them know where they stand". However, listening to my friend and defensive partner out here (who is both from LA and a walking encyclopedia of hockey), this is just another completely idiotic move in a string of many the Kings are famous for. Anybody who believes they know what suffering is because they are Cubs fans should hear my friend talk about the Kings. Anyway, coaching change or not, the Kings remain a team the Hawks should beat. Without a doubt, Sutter will have his boys fired up to play the Hawks and they will be looking to "measure themselves" and "make a statement". Throw in that the Hawks have been giving to the Kings for awhile now, this has trap game written all over it. It won't be the worst thing in the world if the Hawks lose this game, but with only two games left in 2011 and with the Wings being up next, it would be nice to see them finish the month and the year strong. Enough about the Kings.
Since the Wings pulled yet another classic third period steal out of their ass tonight, they kept the Blues two games back from the Hawks and both teams have burned off all games in hand. Watching the Wings tonight was kind of like watching the Hawks. Though the Blues were surging for a lot of the game, the Wings came back in the third and stole a game they never really controlled. Don't want to look too far ahead, but the Hawks will play the Wings three times between now and mid January. Like the Blues, they are a team that can still give the Hawks a lot of grief and they are a team the Hawks need to at least play well against. I don't take anything for granted going forward, but if the Hawks truly have aspirations of going deep this year, they need to start playing complete games not only against teams like the Wings, but against all opponents. And they also need to start figuring out what their lineup needs to look like.
Since a coaching change is pretty much off the table now, that leaves only trades to consider. Anybody have an ideas there?
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