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LAK 3, VAN 2 (SO) – Post-Game Bullets

With the win, the Kings climb up to .500 and grab 8th place in the official standings, or 7th in my idiosyncratic points-blown standings, which now have their own page. 5th through 12th place are separated by 2 points. It feels weird that the Kings only have 2 more games with each of VAN, CHI,…

Assorted Kings stats I find interesting

The Kings have spent the second least number of minutes at 5-on-5. They are 30 seconds ahead of the Oilers, who are last.  Kings lead the league in avg TOI 5-on-3, with 1.3 minutes per game. (They haven’t scored yet.) Kings are 26th in shots-for per 60 minutes of 5-on-4 ice-time. In other words, they…

EDM 2, LAK 1 (OT) — Post Game Bullets

Jarret Stoll — You’re not a rookie. Or a squirt. At least half of why anyone values you is your veteran leadership. What would be the one thing you should be thinking about during an on-the-fly line-change in over-time? Even if you weren’t called for too-many-men, what were you going to do with the puck,…

COL 3, LAK 1 — Post-Game Bullets (game 2)

  • Once again, the fourth line was best.
  • Kyle Clifford, Colin Fraser, Jordan Nolan — all +1.
  • Clifford, with a goal in the game and two assists in the opener, leads the team in points.
  • Nolan is second in points, with 2.
  • Scuderi, Martinez and Greene each have 1 point. Everyone else has 0.

Who ARE these guys? What do they WANT? [Preview #2 - COL]

Who are they? Colorado Avalanche What do they want? Make the playoffs. What is their ****ing problem? No injuries, but Ryan O’Reilly is still in the KHL. What, are we supposed to be scared? Since the Kings haven’t won yet, and are without Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell…yeah, a little. I thought we were friends! ex-Avs: Brad…

The logic of a third line that isn’t “defensive”

Every time I suggest that the Kings put someone like Oscar Moller, Andrei Loktionov, Tyler Toffoli, Teddy Purcell, Linden Vey, etc., on a so-called third line, I invariably get responses about how bad those players are defensively and how they would get crushed in match-ups against opponents’ top lines. Here’s the thing. Our third line…

Revisiting the 2013-14 question

We looked at the possibilities for next season a few weeks ago, before Hickey and Westgarth moved on, and before the cap for 2013-2014 was announced to be $64.3MM. This summer’s UFAs: Penner, Gagne, Scuderi, Drewiske, Richardson. Assuming that Penner and Gagne both leave and Scuderi is re-signed, there will still be the need to…

I think Simon Gagne might get dealt soon

And, no, I’m not reporting a rumor. I don’t know any rumors, and I don’t have sources anyway. So why am I saying such things? Here’s my reasoning: Gagne – Richards – Brown sucked Saturday. They were by far the worst line on the ice. This point in and of itself means nothing. Sutter was…