Monday morning bullets: playoffs, points-blown, rookie stats

Points-Blown page is updated, and shows: Columbus is much worse off than the official standings (and pundits) would have you believe. St. Louis is better off than the official standings say. This has mostly to do with the fact that Columbus has only 12 games left, and St. Louis has 15. Everyone else who is…

Friday Night: Playoff Hopes in the West

  • Points-Blown standings are freshly updated.
  • Everyone has either 14 or 15 games left, except for CBJ, which has 13.
  • The Kings have 15.
  • 54 points still appears to be the playoff threshold. At that point, the odds are 90% or better for nearly everyone in the West.
  • At 53, odds drop to roughly 75% for everyone.
  • At 52, it’s 50%.
  • At 51, slim to none.

Schedule weirdness in the West

The Ducks have a three game series with the Stars next week (yes, three games, Monday, Wednesday, Friday). The Black Hawks play three of their next four and four of their next nine games against Nashville. Starting this weekend, Colorado alternates between playing Nashville and Detroit for four games. Eight of Columbus’s remaining 15 games…

Kings Beat Hawks – Points-Blown update

The Kings are done with the Hawks this (regular) season. The Hawks won 2 and the Kings won 1. Which of course means, the season series goes to: …no-one. It’s tied. Because the first game in Chicago didn’t count toward the tie-breaker. The Points-Blown standings have been updated. The Kings are four official points ahead…

Iginla approves Kings as trade destination…and? So?

I don’t even know where Jarome Iginla is supposed to fit on the Kings. Third line center? And for that, a rental, we’re supposed to give up — what — our best goalie this season? That would be stupid. A top prospect? Not Tyler Toffoli. A top-four defenseman? That’s not going to happen; we’re thin enough as it is.

Seriously, what is the offer “too good to refuse” for Lombardi? Hey, I’ve got it, and I’m serious, too:

Canucks: Pre-Game Quickie

Kings and Canucks are tied in points, points-blown, and win-percentage. Kings have 16 ROWs; Canucks have 12. ROWs is the first tie-breaker. Canucks are ahead in the season series by 2 points. Today is the final game in the series. The Kings can neutralize that tie-breaker with a regulation win. The Kings won the first…

54 Points, and Who’s Doomed by Points-Blown

  • Even having lowered my presumed playoff threshold to 54 points, there are several teams now on the verge of oblivion.
  • I indicate those teams in the points-blown standings with the color red.
  • They are PHX, NAS, CBJ and COL. And DAL and EDM are ready to join them.
  • The column to consider is the one labeled “to 54,” which shows the record needed for each team to get to 54 points.
  • The Kings need a record of 8-9-2.

Sunday: Points-blown and other stats

  • Last season, with 21 games left, the Kings were in 10th place, with a record of 27-22-12. Anaheim was 13th (26-25-10). Detroit was 1st (41-18-3).
  • Chicago leads the conference in regulation wins, with 15. The Kings and Ducks are second, with 14 each.
  • A glaring difference between Chicago and Anaheim, on one hand, and the Kings, on the other, is that Chicago and Anaheim have lost 2 and 3 games (respectively) in regulation, while the Kings have lost 10. And:
  • Chicago and Anaheim have played 11 and 10 OT/SO games (respectively), while the Kings have played 3.
  • The Kings have played more games that have ended in a regulation win or loss (24) than anyone else in the West. The average is 19.
  • Points-earned in OT/SO: Chicago, 19; Anaheim, 16; Kings, 4.

Kings’ prospect Michael Schumacher has 3 point night

19 year-old LW Michael Schumacher (6’5″, 210 lbs) has 19 goals and 30 assists this year in Sioux St. Marie. He’s got another year of juniors eligibility. Schumacher scores twice as Greyhounds down Rangers – Times Colonist Michael Schumacher scored twice and set up one more as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the visiting…

I still think my California Winter Classic idea is the best

Yes, palm trees are iconic California. But so is this: How About a Winter Classic Here?

Palm trees and ice? « LA Kings Insider

While the images of a palm tree-silhouetted sunset amidst Chavez Ravine’s rolling hills would make Dodger Stadium seem like an ideal home for a Southern California-hosted outdoor game, the iconic Los Angeles Coliseum, which hosted an announced 115,300 fans for a Dodgers-Red Sox exhibition in 2008, could be another serious option.

Bernier for Iginla? No, but what about this…

Kings old crown

Kings Trade Rumor of the Day: Bernier for Iginla? – Jewels From The Crown

What do you think? Are you interested in Iginla, or would you rather trade for a defenseman? What do you think Lombardi would or should offer if he becomes available?

Trading Jonathan Bernier doesn’t seem like an especially good idea for the Kings, and I’m not sure if trading Iginla for Bernier makes sense for the Flames. For the sake of argument though, what about:

I agree with P. Daddy: that’s really f***ing stupid

Five things we might end up hating about new NHL realignment | Puck Daddy – Yahoo! Sports How do you like the idea that the Vancouver Canucks, located closer to Alaska than to Illinois, could win a Central Division title? The wild card format – a necessity due to the imbalanced conferences in the new…

Score-Adjusted Fenwick says, post-Carter Kings are really good

Los Angeles Kings: Masters of puck possession – Broad Street Hockey

… Score-Adjusted Fenwick turned out to be a better predictor than Fenwick Tied or Fenwick Close, especially early in the season. I released this stat last year and looked at how it did for predicting based on small sample sizes — and it sparkled in that role, very quickly flagging the Kings as the best team in the league after the Jeff Carter trade.

And while I’ve seen people talking about the 2013 Kings as a sleeper team, I haven’t seen many people emphasize just how good they appear to be.

Nice move

It has been suggested that every time I mention Andrei Loktionov’s play in New Jersey, it’s some kind of vindictive “I told you so.” It’s not. I did tell you so, but it’s not. I post about the players I enjoy watching, and I can’t just switch off my interest in a player because he suddenly isn’t…