Jim Fox is a former Kings forward and the award-winning color commentator for Kings telecasts on Fox Sports West He played for the Kings from 1980-1990 and ranks eighth on the Kings’ all-time scoring list. You can get more insight from Jim and about the LA Kings at www.lakings.com.
Seems like the “same old-same old” right now for the Kings. Most of the numbers like goals-against and penalty killing percentage continue to be a concern, but at the same time, they are finding ways to win games.
All teams are trying to improve in one area or another and the Kings are no different, but when you can get points along the way, it makes everything that much easier to take. When a coach wants you to improve on something or he wants you to clean up an area of your game, it is so much easier to take the criticism and move ahead when the team is winning.
Scott Parse played his first game in the NHL on Saturday night versus the Phoenix Coyotes and he more than held his own. He is not the most dynamic skater in the world, but when he makes up his mind to get from point A to point B, he gets there in time. Still a long way to go for Parse and he has not earned a spot on the team yet, but it certainly was a positive debut.
Like any player playing his first game it is imperative to get off to a good start or you may not get a second chance since you have not yet had time to build up the trust of the coaches. He made himself visible on his first shift, getting a hit and played solid from there. Along the boards he has been very conscientious and made sure that he got the puck out, especially when he saw quality ice time in the third period.
There is no better way to make friends with the defensemen on your team than to be there for them when they have to go up the wall and rely on you to get it out. Rarely does it turn into a scoring chance, but the next time he will trust you and that is important. Solid debut and the Kings hope he can bring the same trustworthy attitude each night.