Post Kings/Wings: the good, the bad, and the points-blown

  • THE GOOD — Kings win, Wings lose, Preds lose.
  • THE BAD — Ducks win.
  • THE POINTS-BLOWN: Kings are 4th in the West in points-blown, and 5th in the official standings (the official standings are catching up to where I have had the Kings for about a week now).
  • For sortable chart fun, click on the column headers to see that the Kings are 3rd in the West in ROW (hugely important tie-breaker) and goal-differential (ditto).
  • Also notice how Nashville, currently 4th in the official standings, are 14th in the points-blown standings, due to the fact that they have the second-lowest PB total, coupled with very low ROW and GD.
  • TIE-BREAKER WEIRDNESS: The Kings victory over the Wings is actually the first game in the Kings/Wings season series to actually count. The earlier game in Detroit, being the first of two games at Joe Louis, doesn’t count in terms of the season-series tie-breaker.
  • DEAN LOMBARDI IS A GENIUS: Jeff Carter, with 11 goals in 18 games, is on a 50-goal pace for an 82 game season. Carter leads the NHL in game-winning goals, with 4.
  • The Kings are now on pace for 58.7 points, two wins ahead of the presumed (by me) 55 point playoff threshold. Niesy (Jewels from the Crown) thinks 57, if I remember correctly. Either way, as of this week the Kings are on pace to make it.
  • EX-KINGS: Simon Gagne sure looked happy scoring a goal in his first game back with the Kings East Coast Affiliate. I haven’t updated the Kings reserve list to subtract Gagne, or add this deal to the Philly West page, but it is reflected in the page chronicling Dean Lombardi’s (now) 54 trades as Kings GM.

  4 comments for “Post Kings/Wings: the good, the bad, and the points-blown

  1. February 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I recall someone — was it Rudy Kelly? — writing of the Carter-Johnson trade that Lombardi had just gotten Scott Howson fired. I’m sure the Rick Nash fiasco had a lot to do with it, too, but flash-forward a year, and, well….

    Reaching into the memory vault again, Quisp, it just occurred to me that we are now seeing something like the Goalie 1A-Goalie 1B situation that you predicted for Quick and Bernier when JB came up for good a couple of years ago. It seems like Sutter is showing some flexibility now in how he’s handling his goalies, and his current read is that he needs competition between the two to get the most out of them. I wonder how this bodes for the playoffs, and beyond this season.

    • USHA#17
      February 28, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Through it didn’t show last night…Bernier got a good dose of seasoning, the two provide Sutter with the option to play a goalie who can slow down a game vs a goalie whose style is more geared to a faster pace on the part of the Kings.

      Really liked what I saw. In a series, 4-2 Kings

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      I love both of these kids — and they are still kids — but I’m not sure who is going to be the better goalie in five years. Quick’s style has already taken a physical toll, and whether he can recover fully is still an open question.

      • February 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        I still suspect that Bernier will age more gracefully as a goalie because of his style. No matter how well he recovers from the back surgery, Quick’s reliance on agility and reflexes are bound to cost him by the time he hits his early 30’s.

        I still think that Lombardi will hang onto both as long as he possibly can. Whether that will be beyond the end of Bernier’s next contract remains to be seen, I guess.

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