---- — Kings must solve scoring woes
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — After a rare day off for rest and contemplation, the Los Angeles Kings came back focused on what’s missing from their run at a second straight Stanley Cup title.
If the Kings can’t score more, they probably can’t scare mighty Chicago.
“We have to find a way to get the offensive part of the game accomplished without sacrificing the D,” captain Dustin Brown said Thursday between the Kings’ brief practice and their flight to Chicago. “We haven’t been able to do that yet, especially on the road. There’s no one reason, but it all comes back to hard work, just putting in the work to get more goals.”
The defending Stanley Cup champions are averaging exactly two goals per game in the postseason, lowest among the eight NHL teams who survived the first round. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.75 goals per game, while Pittsburgh and Boston are both above three goals per game.
Sanchez ‘planning on starting’
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez refuses to picture a scenario in which he opens this season on the New York Jets’ bench.
The maligned quarterback is in for what’s expected to be a tight competition with rookie Geno Smith. He’s confident, though, and insists he’s up to the challenge.
“I’m planning on playing,” Sanchez said Thursday. “I’m planning on starting.”
Sanchez, entering his fifth season, knows there’s a long way to go before coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg make the decision on who’s under center in Week 1 when the Jets open against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Smith, the hard-throwing former West Virginia star who was the Jets’ second-round pick, has been trying to say all the right things since coming to New York. Even that he’d be OK if he’s the one starting the season with a cap and a clipboard.