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…

Which Sabres player would/should be coveted most by the Kings? And who would/should they give up to get him?

The Sabres Observer

Well, here’s an indisputable truth for you: the Sabres and Kings have been checking each other out a lot lately. The Sabres have had a scouting presence at Staples Center for most Kings games over the past couple of weeks, more so than in other Western Conference buildings [...]. L.A., along with Vancouver, Chicago, Dallas, Edmonton, Colorado, and five Eastern Conference teams, had scouts at FNC last night for Buffalo’s 3-1 win over the Rangers.

Is this the year the Kings and Ducks meet in the playoffs?

[FIXED: I somehow managed to forget that the Ducks and Kings both made the post-season in 2011. This post has been corrected to reflect reality.] Sportsclubstats.com puts the Kings’ odds of making the playoffs at 91%, and the Ducks’ odds at 99.9%.  SCS puts the overall odds of the Kings and Ducks meeting in the first…

Post-game/pre-game whatever bullets

  • Jeff Carter, with his 17th goal in 23 games, is on a 60 goal pace for a normal 82 game season.
  • The Kings’ victory over the Flames doesn’t count in the season series tie-breaker.
  • Tomorrow’s game counts. The Kings are up 2 points on the Flames in the season series, and this is the last game between the two teams this regular season.
  • The Kings are still 3rd in points-blown, and 5th in the official standings.
  • The Flames have dropped to the bottom of the official standings, but in points-blown they’re 12th, and Columbus, despite their recent success, is still 15th.
  • No-one has played as few games as the Kings and Flames, with 23.

Carter-mania! Post-game bullets

Last night, Jeff Carter scored maybe the most sheepish hat-trick I’ve ever seen. With 14 goals in 20 games, Carter is on pace for 57 goals in an 82 game season. In celebration of the four goals by ex-Flyers, here’s a link to the freshly-updated Philly West page, with new graphics. The Kings jump to…

Guess what? The Jets ARE the Thrashers

From The Strangest One Of All — “Can’t Jet From The Past“: [...] there are many people who still refer to the Winnipeg Jets as the Atlanta Thrashers, mostly for their craptastic playing style and their streakiness [...]. It makes me wonder why this has been such a wide-spread thing and how come other teams weren’t given as much flack [...]. For instance, you didnt see people rag on the Avalanche for playing like the old Nordiques, but they had the benefit of [...] winning the Stanley Cup their first year in Denver, which almost all but erased the Nordiques from their history…..literally.”

Warning: Ex-King content (CON-tent and con-TENT)

Loktionov is getting excellent notices in New Jersey. From Fire & Ice – “Loktionov continues to impress“: Devils center Andrei Loktionov continues to make key contributions and impress, scoring the tying goal with 8:38 left in regulation Saturday. Loktionov, who was acquired for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick in a Feb. 6 trade with Los Angeles and called up from Albany (AHL) on Feb. 17, has points in five consecutive games now (three goals, two assists).

Ducks and Wild demonstrate why the loser point is bad

  • I’m watching the Ducks/Wild game.
  • I do not like the Ducks. I always root against the Ducks. 
  • However, at this point in this season, it’s better for the Kings if the Wild lose. Because the Wild are more of a threat to the Kings’ playoff chances. The Ducks are currently out of reach.
  • For that reason, as I watch the game, I am not bothered all that much by the fact that Anaheim jumps out to a 3-0 lead. It’s annoying, because I don’t like the Ducks and hate to see them succeed. But it’s gratifying, because the Wild losing helps the Kings.