Kings rest, meanwhile: Sunday’s results

THE GOOD: Canucks lose, Coyotes lose, Avs half-lose. THE BAD: Wings win, Hawks win, Flames win, Ducks win. THE POINTS-BLOWN: with the Canucks losing, the Kings pull within 2 points-blown of 3rd in the West; 6 points-blown separate 3rd from 14th; no one is safe. Okay, the Hawks are probably safe from the Jackets, but that’s about…

2/23/13: the Good, the Bad, and the Points-Blown

THE GOOD: Kings win, Sharks, Avs and Preds lose, Coyotes half-lose. THE BAD: Blues, Wings, Stars, and Oilers win, Oilers give away loser point to Coyotes. SILVER LINING: Oilers don’t get a ROW for winning in a shoot-out. WHO CARES: Jackets win lose. Whatever. POINTS-BLOWN: Kings jump all the way to 5th in points-blown, and…

Kovalchuk, DeBoer, praise Loktionov

Devils rally past Capitals, 3-2, on goals from Andrei Loktionov and Ilya Kovalchuk | NJ.com. In a marquee matchup between Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin, the two Russian stars did not disappoint. […] But it was 22-year-old Russian Andrei Loktionov who arguably had the best night of all. Loktionov, acquired in a Feb. 6 trade with…

Score, Loktionov!

…a third period game-tying goal, in tonight’s game against the Caps. Matt Moulson has 2 goals in the Islanders’ game against Montreal. Thomas Hickey appears to be on his way to 15-16 minutes of TOI in that game. Hickey is near the top in QUALCOMP (toughest competition) among Isles’ defensemen, and near the bottom in…

2/20/13 – The Good, the Bad, and the Points-Blown

Points-Blown standings updated. With last night’s 3-1 regulation (!) win over Edmonton, the Kings move up to 12th in the official standings… …and 9th in my points-blown standings. Note that, in the official standings, Nashville (4th place) is 8 points ahead of 14th place… …but in points-blown, they are only 2 points from 14th. Ten…

Hayward Award nominee: Brian Hayward

For this gem: In tonight’s Hawks/Ducks game, video review awarded a goal to the Hawks because video showed the puck crossed the goal line before the net came off the peg. Which caused Brian Hayward to opine: “Until that peg comes all the way out of the hole, [the goal line] is the determining line.…

No, no, no, that’s NOT what the new CBA says

We’ve been over this before. Please see this post. Kukla’s Korner gets it wrong: KK Members Blog – Kuklas Korner Under the new Memo of Understanding, however, teams can sign players to a maximum of seven years, …or eight if the player is re-signing… and a player’s salary cannot fluctuate more than thirty-five percent from year…

Tuesday Bullets

Trevor Lewis, Dwight King and Jake Muzzin have each only been on the ice for one even-strength goal-against. Davis Drewiske has been on the ice for 2. Slava Voynov has only been on the ice for 3. Which is crazy, given the ice-time he logs. Alec Martinez has been out for 5. Rob Scuderi, 13.…

Couldn’t Have Put it Better Myself

Jon Rosen with a well-observed paragraph. On my original look at Jeff Carter’s first goal Monday night, I credited his speed in getting past David Backes unmarked into an area where Slava Voynov could get him that puck. On closer inspection, that’s just a terrific read by Voynov jumping into the rush after Mike Richards…

Superstition watch: starting Kings/Blues now on DVR…

As I said this afternoon, I will be watching the game on “tape delay” because that’s how I got the Kings to win all 16 playoff games. Starting game now… (8:47pm) Cross fingers (although you probably already know the outcome…unless it’s the longest shoot-out in human history).  

Is Dean Lombardi vindictive? Does it matter?

Yesterday, both Surly/Scribe and Matt Barry were ruminating on the fate of Jonathan Bernier. S&S serve up a potential destination; Matt reads the tea-leaves. And why not, the Kings suck, and Bernier is, after all, the Kings’ most popular trade rumor star. My initial reaction is that trading Bernier now would make absolutely zero sense for Lombardi…

Irony watch: “Ellerby had been passed over by Mike Weaver”

Ellerby, 24, provides a sizeable depth option on the Kings’ blue line; whether he provides anything more than that depends on L.A.’s success in coaxing development out of the 6-foot-5, 217 pound blueliner, an endeavor that Florida had found limited success in since he was selected 10th overall in 2007. Ellerby had fallen out of…