Some of the heaviest interaction beat reporters generate on social media stems from sharing line combinations at practices and morning skates. “WHY IS KING SKATING IN THE TOP SIX?” seemed to pop in my Twitter feed once every 29 seconds between October and February. (It’s probably because the Kings averaged 2.86 goals per 60 minutes, ceded 2.09, and directed 56.8% of all shots to the attacking net when Dwight played alongside Jeff Carter in five-on-five play since 2013-14.)
This isn’t particularly important because the team’s systems are likely to evolve under a new coaching staff. But it’s still interesting, with the help of Corsica’s combination charts and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com’s with-or-without-you charts, to get a sense of who generated the most chemistry – both in attacking hockey, as well as in actual G/60 rates – over the course of the 2016-17 season. Keep in mind that actual “lines” evolve game-to-game, and under Darryl Sutter, the Kings preferred to keep forward groups of “twos” together, not always threes, when they were able to find a rhythm.
Any conversation needs to feature That 70′s Line at the forefront. A catalyst of the 2014 Stanley Cup run, the trio endeared itself to Kings fans between the spring of 2014 and the first six weeks of the 2014-15 season before settling into inconsistency for the better part of the next 24 months. They were very good when aligned together in 2016-17:
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