Points Blown Logjam

According to me, the Kings are now in the second wild card spot. Two points blown now separate four teams, CGY, WPG, LAK and MIN. This logjam is not so clear when you look at the official standings because WPG has played 2 or 3 more games than the other three teams (3 more than…

Points Blown in the West

What are “points-blown?” It’s the number of points a team could have earned, but didn’t. One point for a SOL or OTL, two points for a loss in regulation. For a further explanation, check the related links. The top three teams and bottom two teams in the West are off the chart, because who cares.…

Dustin Brown is from Buffalo, okay?

And we like trading with Buffalo, do we not? Stop the Ducks, fix our broken D, swap big cap hits, bring back Richards. This is a win-win-win for us. Okay, if you’re not sure about Richards, subtract one of those wins. But it’s at least a win-win-wash. Dean can sell this. And make up for…

What do the Kings need to make the playoffs?

It’s that time. Time to handicap the Kings’ playoff chances. Are they doomed? Is this just what they do? Here’s the scoop: The Kings have 54 points. They have 31 games left. I’m sure lots of people are going to Sportsclubstats.com and looking at the only number anyone ever looks at: 28% chance of making…

Subtract Brown and Stoll; add Richards

Deal Dustin Brown, whose value, no matter how far it’s fallen, is still higher “out there” than in reality, for a suitable replacement for Slava Voynov. Deal Stoll for a veteran Willie Mitchell replacement. Recall Mike Richards, whose numbers at this shitty low ebb for him are still as good as Brown’s, and give him better…

“No, the personnel.”

Sutter: The first goal is a bad change by a veteran player and the second goal is a bad penalty by a veteran player. On Dustin Brown referencing a lack of emotion: He did? He made a bad change on the first goal. On whether “emotion” plays into the team’s road struggles: It’s more than emotion…

Or maybe…

Odds are Cody Franson will be moved before the March 2 trade deadline unless the Toronto Maple Leafs have a change of heart on what they’re willing to agree to contractwise with the pending UFA blueliner. The Leafs and Franson’s agent Gerry Johansson chatted last week. Toronto expressed willingness to do something in the neighborhood…

Or…this guy…

In a perfect world, the Ottawa Senators would have settled things on the Marc Methot front long ago. But instead it has dragged out to within a month of the trade deadline, which was exactly what veteran general manager Bryan Murray wanted to avoid back in September. But a change of agents — Larry Kelly…

Why didn’t Lombardi waive Dustin Brown?

This is a serious question. Dustin Brown’s numbers are just as bad as Mike Richards’s. Brown also has a long contract with a big cap hit. Brown is also on the downward slope of the productivity curve. I’m not prepared to write a gigantic post on all the many reasons why Richards and not Brown.…

Phaneuf for Richards? I would not be at all surprised

Los Angeles Kings: On a recent episode of Hockey Night in Canada, Friedman suggested a Phaneuf for Mike Richards swap would make sense for all parties involved. Know what? Friedge ain’t wrong. Both men are on long-term deals with high cap hits attached, and it feels as though the 2004 world junior teammates could both…

If you’re a Sharks fan…

…isn’t the regular season just the hockey equivalent of “look, your shoe’s untied”/up-thwap-on-the-nose? What do you do when winning, even winning decisively, even winning decisively for an entire regular season, isn’t indicative of anything — – and worse, just serves to mock and magnify past betrayals?  

The Time Machine looks back at Rob Blake’s legacy

Congratulations, Rob Blake, on your number being retired and a belated congratulations on your Hall of Fame induction. Apropos of discussions on LAKi, I dug up what’s left of my comments on the topic back in 2008 (I pulled these out of the Inside the Kings archives a few months ago — good thing, too,…

Hey you know what’s fun?

I just watched the highlights of the Kings’ last ten series-clinching wins. I skipped the Chicago series from 2013. That’s a 10-1 series record over the last three seasons. Ten series wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014. If you wanted to experience ten Kings series wins before 2012, you would have to go back and…

Ducks Continue Quest to Be Most Hated Team in History

First Ryan Kesler. Now Dany Heatley. Adding to the charm fest of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. And consider that the Ducks subtracted George Parros and Bobby Ryan, both of whom were cool in their own ways. And Teemu Selanne — cool emeritus — is retired. Who else could the Ducks go after in pursuit…

I bet there’s a trade coming

Lombardi opts not to buy out Mike Richards. People are taking this as a vote of confidence, a nod to loyalty, etc., and maybe it is. But it’s also possible Lombardi is just preserving assets he believes he can deal. This doesn’t necessarily mean Richards is the one he will trade. There are other worthy…

Get Yer LA Kings Cumulative Stanley Cup Stats, 2012 + 2014

Some observations: 12 players played in all 46 games (11 skaters and Jonathan Quick). 16 players played in both 2012 and 2014 (15 skaters and Quick). 14 players played/dressed in only one of the two years (12 skaters, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones). At even strength, only Marian Gaborik has a higher goals-per-game than Tyler…