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Playoffs: 2010 Canucks vs. 2012 Canucks

It’s two years later and the Kings are playing the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs again. Let’s take a look at how the Canucks have changed since we faced them in 2010. RETURNING: Henrik Sedin Daniel Sedin (UPDATE: he’s out with a concussion) Ryan Kesler Alexandre Burrows Mason Raymond Alexander Edler…

Burke reveals the Pittsburgh Model is actually his ass

“What’s the Pittsburgh model?” Brian Burke snapped that question back to the media during a postseason press conference on Tuesday [...]. The [...] question had been about preaching patience to the fan base and [the idea of collecting] high draft choices through years of unsuccessful hockey [as a way to turn Toronto into] a Stanley Cup…

I hope the ’12 Kings aren’t the ’06 Oilers

Can Kings channel ’06 Oilers? « LA Kings Insider. Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene have done it once. Can they do it again? In the 2006 playoffs, Stoll, Greene and the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers reached the Stanley Cup Finals after they finished the regular season with 95 points. That’s the position the Kings are in…

Why does this headline bug me?

“Kings Must Face Best after Blowing Lead” That’s the headline of Lisa Dillman’s article tonight. I think it bugs me because “the best” was not determined until a few minutes before it was determined who the best would be playing. St. Louis could easily have turned out to be “the best.” So it’s Vancouver. Oh…

Stat I Have to Look Up

The number of times the Kings have entered the third period with a lead and given up a goal in the first minute. It feels like that’s happened about (as I recently heard an animated aardvark say) eleventy ka-billion times.  

If Phoenix this, if the Kings that –

It’s very simple: If the Kings don’t win tomorrow, they are in 8th, no matter what anyone else does. If the Coyotes win tomorrow, they are in 3rd, no matter what anyone else does. If the Coyotes win and the Kings win, the Kings are in 7th. If the Coyotes lose and the Kings win,…

POKEGATE: there’s a rule against that

The headline of Lisa Dillman’s LA Times article is “Ryane Clowe sticks it to the Kings, but did he break any rules?” I don’t know if Lisa Dillman is responsible for her own headlines (since that was — at least in the old days — the responsibility of the editors) but if that’s a real…

Apparently, Ryane Clowe is some kind of evil genius

I refer of course to Ryane Clowe’s somewhat — er — controversial poke check from the bench during the Kings’ late third period power play in tonight’s game (which is actually still happening). The reason I don’t think he’s just a moron (he may be a moron, but as far as this action is concerned),…