Hockeywood weekend returns: A Couple of Teams Retreat
The number one movie of the week was Couples Retreat, starring everyone's favorite Swingers, Vince Vaughn and Jon (Double Down) Favreau. And in the spirit of the flick, several teams have retreated in this week's Hockeywood Power Rankings. But the Kings' three-game winning streak since their stinker of a homer opener has the club rocketing high in everyone's rankings.
• Sportsnet.ca Power Rankings: This week 6. Last week 15
After an opening-season loss the Kings have won three straight and Anze Kopitar is starting to look like a star.• CBC's Power Rankings: This week 5. Last week 13.
Lots of good young talent, playing well.• The Hockey News Power Rankings: This week 10. Last week 27.
Are we finally witnessing Anze Kopitar bust loose?• ESPN Power Rankings: This week 3 (!) Last week 15
The Kings have won three in a row and have used big offense and tight-checking along the way. Jonathan Quick was especially impressive, stopping 29 of 30 in a 2-1 victory in St. Louis on Saturday. Ryan Smyth already has four goals.• TSN's Power Rankings: This week 4. Last week 23.
This is supposed to be the year that the Kings break through and theyvery well might if C Anze Kopitar (ten points) and D Drew Doughty (sixpoints) can use their quick starts to make the jump to stardom.
• FoxSports Power Rankings: This week 7. Last week 25.
Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth helped the Kings crown the opposition three times in Week 2. Kopitar and Smyth racked up 12 points in L.A.'s three wins, collecting six goals and six assists between them.• L.A. Times' Helene Elliott's NHL Rankings: This week 3. Last week 23.
Ryan Smyth-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams line shines in four-game wining streak.• CBSSportsline's Power Rankings: This week 13.(Huh?) Last week 28.
Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth have points in all five Kings games, and along with linemate Justin Williams, combined for nine goals and 14 assistsTake the average, and you have the Hockeywood Power Ranking of
And in further good news, Kings goaltender Jonny (Don't Call Me Jonathan) Quick was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week!
Quick stopped 80 of 88 shots in posting a 3-0-0 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and .909 save percentage as Los Angeles improved to 3-1-0 and a tie for first place in the Pacific Division. Quick recorded 25 saves in a 6-4 win over the San Jose Sharks Oct. 6 and stopped 26 shots in a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 8. Quick finished the week by making 29 saves as the Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, on Oct 10. In 44 appearances with Los Angeles last season, Quick posted a 21-18-2 record with a 2.48 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and four shutouts.
Check out some of Quick's highlights from this past week!
Here's a save against John Tavares from yesterday's game vs. the Isles.
Here's a save against everyone's favorite player, Paul Kariya
And here's a save against David Backes, insuring the win against the Blues.