Monthly Archives: November 2009

Quick vs. LaBarbera [UPDATE post-Thrashing]

[UPDATE: after last night's 7-0 fun fest, I thought I would revisit Q's numbers to see where he stands vis-a-vis LaBarbera. The post has been altered accordingly:] Halfway through Quick’s next game, he will have played exactly the same number of minutes LaBarbera played for the Kings last season. Q has now played about a…

I Said I Would Try to Find a Silver Lining

Face-offs were roughly even. Frolov played well. Parse was even in +/- and had a hit and a takeaway. Quick didn’t smile on the bench. The Kings had a lot of high-quality chances and could easily have been ahead by 2 or 3 by the mid-point of the game. It was basically a normal game,…

Cut/Paste in its entirety: RudyKelly on today’s game sort of

    WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Man am I pumped for this game.  I’m a Kings man tried and true but I sure do love those Atlanta Thrashers.  There’s Ilya, of course, who is without a doubt my favorite non-Kings related hockey player in the league.  I don’t watch Ilya Kovalchuk enough to know if he’s good…

Scotty Bowman predicts cap decline – MLive.com

Scotty Bowman, the legendary former coach and now an adviser for the Chicago Blackhawks, believes next year’s NHL salary cap could drop about $2-million, a reasonable prediction given how little box-office revenue is being generated in Phoenix, Tampa and Atlanta. Even the rising Canadian dollar won’t offset those black holes. If that cap forecast is…

Garrett Roe Wasn’t in a Fight and His Black Eye Has Nothing to Do with the Unnamed Team Rule He Broke Leading to His One Game Suspension (bonus: apparently, two years ago, he had an army injury)

Entering perhaps their toughest stretch of the season on Friday at second-ranked North Dakota, the St. Cloud State men's hockey team will get a boost with the return of two forwards from injury. However, it might take both Travis Novak and David Eddy to make up for the loss of another, Huskies leading scorer Garrett…

Scoring Benchmarks After Game 19

Before the season started, I offered up the hypothesis that, if the Kings were to make the playoffs, they needed to increase their scoring to 246 goals and decrease their goals against to 230. Subsequently, I offered up a template for how I thought the Kings could get to the 250 goal mark. (I rounded…

Should The Sharks Re-Sign Marleau? – Battle of California

On the flipside, look at the grumblings among some Tampa fans regarding Vincent Lecavalier’s contract now. You’ll find more than a few of them grousing about how Lecavalier should have been moved this off-season and how the team belongs to Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman now. So it’s not an easy thing to balance out.…

It’s Never Too Late For the Wheels to Fall Off

I was just looking at the standings, the ones that have the Kings in 5th in the Western Conference. I noticed that they have played more games than most teams behind them. That’s not good. Let’s look at the standings a couple of different ways. First, the tradition way, by points: SJS – 28 COL…