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.

Jay Feaster is right and you are wrong

We started the day with the post “I don’t think Ryan O’Reilly can play in the NHL this season,” and then followed with “Why I’m Wrong and Everyone is … Also Wrong.” Now, Jay Feaster has spoken, and people have written on the topic of his speaking. And I was all set to write a…

Why I’m wrong and everyone is…also wrong

Earlier today, Sportsnet reported that Ryan O’Reilly would have had to clear waivers had he gone to Calgary. I wrote a post saying that my understanding of the CBA was that if indeed O’Reilly had played in the KHL after 1/19, then he would have to clear waivers to play in the NHL. On Twitter,…

Post Kings/Wings: the good, the bad, and the points-blown

THE GOOD — Kings win, Wings lose, Preds lose. THE BAD — Ducks win. THE POINTS-BLOWN: Kings are 4th in the West in points-blown, and 5th in the official standings (the official standings are catching up to where I have had the Kings for about a week now). For sortable chart fun, click on the…

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…