Preseason hockey isn't exactly the best advertisement for the sport. Of course you could say that about preseason anything. But there it was warts and all on display at Staples Center on Sunday. It is the first time since 2011 there are NHL preseason contests because the lockout wiped those games out a year ago. "Work in progress" might be best to describe the Kings' effort in split-squad games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. The Coyotes' goaltending duo of Thomas Greiss and Louis Domingue combined to beat the Kings 5-1 at Staples Center. Right wing Brandon Yip signed as a free agent by the Coyotes in July scored twice and added an assist. Defenseman David Rundblad had three assists. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon who is in training camp on a tryout basis played the entire game facing 21 shots Kings assistant coach John Stevens praised the effort of the rookie line of Valentin Zykov-Nick Shore-Scott Sabourin but was appropriately blunt in his general assessment. "Not very good to be honest" Stevens said. "Wasn't very good special teams either side of the puck. ... Still a little bit too slow too deliberate looking for too many seams. The penalty-killing wasn't what it needed to be." The Kings goal came at 9 minutes 42 seconds of the third period via defenseman Slava Voynov. Voynov scored on Domingue who replaced Greiss for the period. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter attended the game in Glendale Ariz. in which the Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 4-2 win.
Kings open exhibition season with losses at home and on the road
Los Angeles Times | Sep 16