Adrian Kempe has hundreds of talent. But like a lot of younger hockey players, he struggles with consistency. That could be shifting.
The 22-yr-aged ahead has scored goals in three consecutive games for the Kings. He had two in Monday’s 4-3 additional time gain at the New York Rangers and a single each in Tuesday’s 5-1 gain at New Jersey and Thursday’s 3-2 shootout gain at Philadelphia.
Kings interim coach Willie Desjardins talked about Kempe’s surge postgame Thursday, when requested if he’s looking at a variance in Kempe’s enjoy.
“A very little bit,” Desjardins said. “But it is amusing, when you start scoring you get self esteem, and when absolutely nothing is heading in you surprise if you must shoot. And it starts off heading, and now you are wanting to shoot.
“The major aspect of our activity is self esteem and I think he has a very little extra self esteem suitable now and I do not think he changed his activity. I just think points started off to go for him and as a result he bought extra self-assured.”
After losing on the initially stop of this 6-activity road excursion, the Kings have received three in a row heading into Saturday’s 10 a.m. activity at Boston. To Kempe, the entire group is brimming with perseverance.
“Yeah, obviously, when you gain you get a very little extra self esteem and I think most people on the group has been taking part in definitely excellent on this road excursion so significantly,” said Kempe, who has 9 goals and 9 helps on the time just after tallying 16 goals and 21 helps a time ago.
“You can truly feel the group activity is definitely there suitable now and which is what we will need suitable now. We will need most people to be heading.”
The profitable streak has the Kings (23-27-4, 50 details) in five details of the Western Conference’s remaining playoff berth.
Scouting the Bruins
Boston (29-17-8, 66 details) at the moment resides in the No. 1 wild-card playoff place in the Jap Conference. The Bruins have received two of their past three, but prior to that went 1-2-3 over a 6-activity span.
Boston is led offensively by ahead David Pastrnak, who has 31 goals and 34 helps for a group-high 65 details. Linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have 61 and 47 details, respectively.
KINGS AT BRUINS
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Wherever: TD Backyard garden
Data: Kings 23-27-4 (50 details), Bruins 29-17-8 (66 details)
Television: Fox Sports West
Radio: L.A. Kings Audio Community (iHeart)