Bad career move

A Statement From The LA Kings Regarding Jarret Stoll – Los Angeles Kings | News We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this…

QOTD: “…[then] me and the dog are going hunting…”

Challenges (and philosophies) of retaining key UFAs — LA Kings Insider Dean Lombardi: “[…] hockey ain’t my first love. My first love is team. And I don’t think you can expect to have a room that’s really a team unless those principles of competing for each other and loyalty are in that room, because then…

Dean Lombardi, man of his word

This nugget is from the last time the Kings didn’t make the playoffs. LOS ANGELES KINGS – NEWS: FROM THE DESK OF DEAN LOMBARDI – by Quisp • May 26, 2009 THE MONEY QUOTE: “I want to assure you that all of our end-of-season discussions with our players involved a clear message and understanding that next season…

Some historical perspective

This will be the first time in franchise history the Kings have missed the playoffs with 90 points or more. The Kings’ PT% is tied for 8th in franchise history. The Kings’ record this season, 40-27-15, is identical to 2012, the first cup year. With 95 points to the Flames’ 97, it’s the narrowest margin by…

How many franchises have won two cups in three years? …then missed the playoffs?

Two cups in three years In the so-called (post-original six) modern era: eight. Kings, Wings, Penguins, Oilers, Islanders, Canadiens, Flyers, Bruins. Los Angeles Kings, 2012, 2014 Detroit Red Wings, 1997, 1998 Pittsburgh Penguins, 1991, 1992 Edmonton Oilers, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 New York Islanders, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 Montreal Canadiens, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979…

Question for my friends at Jewels from the Crown

While you were doing your “if then” post, I was doing mine. I reduced mine to a somewhat confusing chart. I preferred the clarity of your post. However, I’m not sure you’re right. I’m not sure I’m right either. I’m tired. But we ought to check each other’s math. Here’s mine: It’s kind of a…

Humble Pie

The pie chart is a graphic illustration of the chances of making the playoffs in the Western Conference. The only teams represented are the ones whose odds aren’t (as of 3-17-15) 100% (clinched spot) or 0% (eliminated). That leaves eight teams in play. And four spots. When all four of those spots are taken, you will see a nice…

Whoever loses to a bad team is out

That’s my prediction anyway. The Kings play the Oilers tonight. The Flames play the Coyotes. And Winnipeg plays the Avs, on Thursday I think. I don’t know who is going to make it and who isn’t, but I don’t think anyone can survive losing to a bottom-feeder.  

Post-game pie: not as bad as you think

The good news is that, as you can see, we’re still looking at three teams trying to carve up half the pie. And those thin lines represent the Sharks, Avs and Stars, all of whom are out. And, if this helps, most of the pie shrinkage today was caused by the Jets winning. Yes, the…

Intermission pie!

While waiting for the third period of the Canucks game to start, here’s what’s changed. The Jets beat the Wild (thanks, Wild). This had the following immediate effects: (1) the Sharks are now eliminated; (2) the Stars are now eliminated; (3) the Kings’ odds dropped 10%; (4) the Jets odds jumped 18%. The pie chart…

Still hungry? Have a little more pie!

Sharks lost, like idiots, to the Coyotes. Kings won. Flames won. Dumbass Canucks could have helped the Kings but didn’t, losing to the Jets. The Avs were officially out already. The Stars’ win over the Preds increases their playoff chances from 0.0 to 0.0 (which means that they are even closer to 1:2000 odds than…

Pie in the afternoon, Bobby

That thin green line between the Flames and Kings is what’s left of BOTH the Avs’ and Stars’ playoff chances. The Avs are OUT. The Stars, meanwhile, have odds that round down to 0, which means less than .05%. So, their odds not quite as good as 1:2000. But check back for late night pie, this may…

Consider the Sharks, pt. 2 (stupid &^%^&! Canucks edition)

An hour or two ago I posted this about the Sharks’ surge. While I was writing it, the Jets beat the Canucks. First of all, that’s a really ****ing irritating outcome. The Canucks — unless they plan on earning not one single point the entire rest of the season despite playing bottom feeders the last…

Let’s consider the Sharks for a minute

The Sharks won tonight (by now it’s last night), and the headlines are something like “Sharks pull to within three points of playoff spot.” This, despite the fact that they’re sportsclubstats.com odds are still under 5%. What accounts for this? And are Kings fans supposed to be worried? I’m going to say no. And then I’m…

Kings win; Wild, Canucks, Flames all lose — time for pie!

The pie chart is a graphic illustration of the chances of making the playoffs in the Western Conference. The only teams represented are the ones whose odds aren’t 100% (clinched spot) or 0% (eliminated). That leaves eight teams in play. And four spots. When all four of those spots are taken, you will see a nice neat…