Kings continue to get Blind Sided by setbacks

It was a busy week for the James-Bullock household this past week. While husband Jesse was making the rounds promoting his new clothing line with some Kings-inspired apparel at the Kings Blackhawks game on Saturday, wife Sandra Bullock was gain rave reviews for her portrayal of a fiery Southern belle Leigh Anne Tuohy who rescues an African-American athlete from his tough neighborhood in the true story of NFL player Micheal Oher in The Blind Side.

Enough good buzz allowed the picture to drum up over $50 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. Heck, my wife even went to go see it, and she loved it. One of the rare times she beat me to see a movie in theaters.

However, it wasn't enough to displace the vampire-werewolf juggernaut Twilight: New Moon. And since I'm as burned out about seeing the Twilight kids, I sure as hell am not gonna run a shot of shirtless guys on this blog. Not exactly my target audience. (Although, for my gay and female readers, here you go).

The past week found the Kings winning two out of three games, only scoring four goals (empty-netters and shootout goals don't count, IMO). The Kings continue to get banged up (Smyth is still shelved, as Stoll and Scuderi work themselves back from being dinged up). And the offensive droughts for Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown still exist. The club heads into a travel-heavy December (8 games are on the road with games at San Jose, Vancouver and Calgary) still outside the Top 10 on many lists. Just how far? Let's take a look...

• ESPN's Power Numbers: This week 9. Last week 11.
    Big shootout win over Chicago for the Kings, but they've still lost three of five and need to prove they can win consistently without emotional leader Ryan Smyth.
• TSN's Power Numbers: This week 17. Last week 18.
    Held to two goals or fewer in six of the last eight games and oh-fer in the last four games on the power play, the Kings are missing Ryan Smyth's presence in front of the net. Key Injuries: LW Ryan Smyth (upper body).
• Sportsnet's Power Numbers: This week 9. Last week 8.
    Anze Kopitar has been held pointless in four of the Kings last five games and surrendered his hold on the league scoring lead.
• Fox Sports's Power Numbers: This week 14. Last week 17.
    The Kings gave thanks for Jonathan Quick in Week 9. The L.A. netminder backstopped the team to two wins in three tries last week, including a 2-1 shootout victory over Chicago, where Quick stopped a season-high 32 shots plus an additional two in the game-deciding session.
• CBSSportline Power Numbers: This week 16. Last week 14.
    Anze Kopitar's shootout winner against Chicago is the only time he has scored since Ryan Smyth went down.
• LA Times Helene Elliott's Power Numbers: This week 8. Last week 12.
    Ryan Smyth can't return soon enough for Anze Kopitar (no goals in nine games) or Justin Williams (no goals in eight). (12)
• Fanhouse's Power Numbers: This week 10. Last week 11.
    Dustin Brown has hit a nine-game goal-less streak, while the Kings have dropped three of four heading into Friday since veteran forward Ryan Smyth went down with an upper body injury. Anze Kopitar has just one assist since Smyth has been out of the lineup.
Now punching in those results into the highly antiquated Hockeywood Power Ranking Figure-Outer spits out the official Hockeywood Power Ranking of the L.A. Kings:


Up one from last week. Hopefully the Kings can do more damage this week against the Ducks, Senators and Blues.

From what my wife tells me, The Blind Side is a very good film, and I'm intrigued by the story. Here's a short featurette on the flick that might make you want to see it. It's certainly better than gooey tween lusting over Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner.


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