Preseason hockey isn't exactly the best advertisement for the sport.
Of course you could say that about preseason anything. But there it was warts and all on display at Staples Center on Sunday. It is the first time since 2011 there are NHL preseason contests because the lockout wiped those games out a year ago.
"Work in progress" might be best to describe the Kings' effort in split-squad games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. The Coyotes' goaltending duo of Thomas Greiss and Louis Domingue combined to beat the Kings 5-1 at Staples Center.
Right wing Brandon Yip signed as a free agent by the Coyotes in July scored twice and added an assist. Defenseman David Rundblad had three assists. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon who is in training camp on a tryout basis played the entire game facing 21 shots
Kings assistant coach John Stevens praised the effort of the rookie line of Valentin Zykov-Nick Shore-Scott Sabourin but was appropriately blunt in his general assessment.