June 3, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-06-03

So the Final is set and although I think Los Angeles is the better team, I wonder how much the Kings have left after that unbelievable series with the Blackhawks. It almost reminds me of how Montreal looked in the Conference Finals against New York. They seemed to be running on empty after defeating the Bruins. The Rangers get the luxury of playing someone in a similar situation, and one that has played past 60 minutes in two of the last three games.

 

Granted, the Kings are probably built better for a lengthy playoff run than Montreal, but the number of tough minutes their top guys played against Chicago could start to show up against New York.


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In other Cup news, J.T. Miller’s status remains up in the air for Game 1 with a shoulder injury.

 

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Kings defenseman Alec Martinez had a career-high 11 goals and 22 points in 61 games during the 2013-14 season, but can he keep that up for a full 82 games next year?

 

He’s had a respectable playoffs as well with nine points in 21 games, including two goals in the last two, and has been on quite the run over the last three months. 15 of his points came after March 1, so it seems like more of a streak than a good indication of what Martinez is capable of over a large sample size. He topped out at 30 points for his best campaign at the AHL level, too.

 

Keep in mind, Slava Voynov, was in a similar situation last year with the Kings, scoring 25 points in the 48-game season and following it up with 13 points in 18 playoff games. Voynov then went on to be pretty average this season.

 

I’d be cautious where Martinez is concerned.