You know what? These match-ups are awesome!

Aside from the fact that I always enjoy the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs and would have preferred them to Ottawa, this is easily the best set of first round series that I can remember. Here are my predictions, infused with a ridiculous amount of wishful thinking. What do you want, it’s a blog. Round One:…

Pre-post-season thoughts

  • The Kings finished ahead of San Jose in the standings for the first time since 2003…
  • …the end of the season in which Dean Lombardi was fired as Sharks GM.
  • The Kings were second in the conference in regulation wins, with 24, one win behind Chicago.

Zen moments with Drew Doughty

Yes, the outcome’s going to happen no matter what. “We don’t need to worry about the outcome. The outcome’s going to happen no matter what after that.” via April 26 practice quotes: Drew Doughty « LA Kings Insider.  

Leiweke to the leafs

Deadline.com: Leiweke Heads North

Leiweke, whose abrupt and unceremonious exit from AEG last month was billed as “by mutual agreement,” will take over one of Canadian sports’ more high-profile jobs. MLSE not only runs the Toronto Maple Leafs [...] — it operates [...] Air Canada Centre, [...] the Toronto Marlies and three TV networks. The company, four-fifths owned by northern giant Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, also has a hand in an LA Live-like mixed-use complex that surrounds the arena.

The new president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment won’t assume his gig until late June [...].

Teams locking up seeds

CHI has locked up 1st. ANA has locked up 2nd. VAN has locked up 3rd. LAK will be 4th (83% likelihood), 5th (13%) or 6th (4%). STL is very likely (87%) to be 5th or 6th. SJS is very likely (78%) to be 5th or 6th. MIN is very likely (72%) to be 7th or…

Playoff picture coming into focus

The Kings can finish no lower than 6th, and still have a tiny shot at winning the division. If the Ducks finish no better than 0-2-1 and the Kings win out, the Kings win the division and take 2nd. Therefore, it’s all but certain the Kings will finish 4th or 5th… …with a sliver of…

Dare to dream: can the Kings catch the Ducks?

  • The idea of the Kings winning the Pacific had been so far-fetched even a couple of weeks ago that I put it almost entirely out of my mind.
  • Today I see that the Kings are just five points behind.
  • Each team has four games left.
  • If the Ducks win out, they will have 68 points. If the Kings win out, they will have 63 points.
  • The Kings play DAL, DET, MIN and SJS. The Ducks play EDM, EDM, VAN and PHX.
  • The Kings are currently up by two ROWs, the first tie-breaker.
  • If they end up tied in points and ROWs, the Kings won the season series, so the Kings would advance.

Last season to this season — who got better, who got worse

Better (in descending order, from best down): CHI, ANA, CBJ, MIN, LAK, SJS, EDM. Worse (still descending, from bad to worse): DAL, STL, VAN, DET, PHX, CGY, COL, NAS. I added a couple of columns to the points-blown standings below. (If it’s not below, click on the points-blown link, either in this sentence, or in…

Jackets really really want to prove me wrong

More power to ‘em. It would be awesome if they made the playoffs. Even more awesome if they drew the Ducks.  But it’s still a long-shot. They’ve only got four games left. Both Detroit and Dallas have the tie-breaker edge. Dallas has two games in hand. Detroit has one. Much will be decided Thursday, which…

Big Night in the West

DAL@CHI — The Stars need to go 4-2-1 to get to 54 points. They are tied with the Jackets in official points, and are two points-blown ahead.  VAN@NAS — A Canucks loss would drop them into a points-blown tie with the Kings. The Kings and Canucks are already tied in official points. CBJ@COL — Colorado…

Post Game Bullets

Ok, Fox Sports dumbasses, the Kings did not “split” the season series with the Ducks. The Kings WON THE SEASON SERIES. Why? Because the Kings won 2, lost 1 and lost 1 in a shoot-out. That’s 2-1-1, 5 points for the Kings, 4 for the Ducks. Kings win by a point. Kings have won the…

WTF – Tuesday Bullets

Kings are still in 4th, officially, but… …are now in 6th in points-blown, tied with the Wild… …and three points-blown from 8th… …which means they’re just two losses from 9th place. The Stars are up by 2 in the season series, with one game left. That shouldn’t matter, because we had better not be tied…

Does the NHL have a “humor” department?

I know they don’t. Because that would be hilarious. Wait. No, I know they don’t. But I did find myself wondering for about 10 seconds.

AbeFroman1986 comments on Tenderfoot Tuesday: Ask /r/hockey Anything!

I actually work for the NHL in their “Humor” department and am doing a study to show that people actually like the NHL organization and have been doing this ever since I started posting. The pun guy and I are high fiving and then we’re going to go have a celebratory beer.

I wish there were an NHL Department of Humor. (1) It would explain so much. (2) I want to work there.

This week’s games that matter

Color-coded by each team’s specific dog-fight. Grey = above or below it all. Monday: PHX@VAN, EDM@ANA Tuesday: SJS@CBJ, STL@NAS, CHI@MIN, LAK@DAL Wednesday: PHX@EDM, VAN@COL Thursday: SJS@DET, STL@MIN, COL@LAK Friday: STL@CBJ, DAL@NAS, DET@CHI, PHX@CGY Saturday: CBJ@MIN, SJS@DAL, CGY@EDM, ANA@LAK, VAN@COL Sunday: CHI@STL, DET@NAS  PHX and EDM are an interesting case this week. They are separated by…

Spring 3-on-3 league

If you are reading this, it’s because I published a post with this title by accident, and have withdrawn it. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Mostly I’m embarrassed. Meanwhile, why not check out the revamped and/or updated Points Blown and Reserve List pages? The Philly West page has some pretty logos now, and the Lombardi Trade…

Sunday nightcap: The Good, The Bad…

THE GOOD: Kings half-win, Sharks half-lose, Jackets lose, Preds lose. THE BAD: Ducks win, Blues win, Wild wins, Stars win, Stars handing out Bettman points. Kings drop into a three-way points-blown tie with the Blues and Wild, one PB behind the Sharks.  Nashville’s loss today more or less dooms them. If they finish 8-0-0 they…

Saturday nightcap

Kings win the season series vs the Oilers Kings are 4th in the official standings… …but still 5th in points-blown. Calgary lost tonight. The best they can do is 52 points, if they win out 11-0-0. The Preds lost, also. 8-1-0 gets them to 54 points. So they’re all but done. If Detroit holds it…