Monthly Archives: April 2012

Playoff Roundelay: Kings East and Flyers West both up 3-0

And neither series is over, of course, but the dream of a Kings-Flyers cup final, as ridiculously premature that is even to speak out loud, lives to fight another day. I’ll say it again: Kings Flyers Cup Final I’m not saying because I think it’s going to happen. What am I, an idiot? I’m saying…

I hate home ice!

I was going to write a long, involved diatribe against home ice “advantage”, especially home ice advantage where the Los Angeles Kings are concerned, conjuring multiple convoluted algorithms rendered in colorful charts of breathtaking profundity. But instead I played NHL 12 with my son. (He won.) I’ll work on the charts after tonight’s game.  

Wait – you’re saying there’s TWO of those guys?

That hardly seems fair. Vancouvers Canucks’ Daniel Sedin won’t travel for Game 3 – ESPN Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin will not travel to Los Angeles for Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday night against the Kings, coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Saturday after practice in Vancouver.  

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“Canucks fans expect unpleasantness. But this? This? Even in their darkest moment, the most tortured member of the faithful couldn’t have conceived of this.”

 

A different Kings team: 2010 vs. 2012

Yesterday (seems like a month ago) we looked at how the Canucks have changed since the 2010 series against a markedly different Kings team. Here’s how different: RETURNING (9): Matt Greene Rob Scuderi Drew Doughty Anze Kopitar Justin Williams Brad Richardson Dustin Brown Jarret Stoll Jonathan Quick IN (14): Mike Richards Jeff Carter Dustin Penner…

Last time the Kings had a 2-0 lead in a series was

1968 (WTF, I previously said “never” — see comments for more on my reading comprehension problems). The Kings’ first season. They beat the North Stars twice, and proceeded to lose in seven games. Okay-okay, if you count those rinky-dink best-of-three series from the 70s, the Kings swept the Atlanta Flames in 1976. But those don’t…

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“I’m not sure I like that matchup,” Vigneault said, to a room full of laughs. “It sounded good, but… I’m going to think about that again.”