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…

Superstition watch: starting Kings/Blues now on DVR…

As I said this afternoon, I will be watching the game on “tape delay” because that’s how I got the Kings to win all 16 playoff games. Starting game now… (8:47pm) Cross fingers (although you probably already know the outcome…unless it’s the longest shoot-out in human history).  

Is Dean Lombardi vindictive? Does it matter?

Yesterday, both Surly/Scribe and Matt Barry were ruminating on the fate of Jonathan Bernier. S&S serve up a potential destination; Matt reads the tea-leaves. And why not, the Kings suck, and Bernier is, after all, the Kings’ most popular trade rumor star. My initial reaction is that trading Bernier now would make absolutely zero sense for Lombardi…

Irony watch: “Ellerby had been passed over by Mike Weaver”

Ellerby, 24, provides a sizeable depth option on the Kings’ blue line; whether he provides anything more than that depends on L.A.’s success in coaxing development out of the 6-foot-5, 217 pound blueliner, an endeavor that Florida had found limited success in since he was selected 10th overall in 2007. Ellerby had fallen out of…

You’re all a bunch of Jeremy Roenicks

Well, not all. Just the ones who didn’t play during the lock-out. Played during lock-out: Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Dwight King, Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Bernier. Didn’t play: Dustin Penner, Justin Williams, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll, Colin Fraser, Drew Doughty, Rob Scuderi,…

Henrique on Loktionov: “He’ll be here in no time.”

Devils center Adam Henrique predicted that Andrei Loktionov, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, will be in the NHL in no time. Loktionov and Henrique were junior teammates on the 2008-09 Windsor (OHL) team that won the Memorial Cup. I loved that team. Henrique, Loktionov, Taylor Hall… “He’s a skilled…

Why was it stupid to trade Andrei Loktionov? Let’s review

Yesterday Dean Lombardi traded the most NHL-ready playmaker in the Kings prospect pool to New Jersey for a 5th round draft pick. Ever since Lombardi inexplicably chose not to petition to have Loktionov’s name engraved on the cup (while simultaneously petitioning for Davis 9 games Drewiske and Kevin 25 games Westgarth) we’ve been waiting for…

2/5/13 – Game Day Notes

The Kings are 14th in the conference in the official standings, 2 points ahead of last place Calgary. My points-blown standings have the Kings tied for 8th (8 points-blown), along with the Oilers and Flames. In points-blown, the Kings are one point behind 6th place Nashville and Detroit, and two behind 5th place Vancouver. The…

Kings East in a trading mood?

Maybe it’s time for the Kings to recall some players from its East Coast affiliate. By which I mean, of course, the Philadelphia Flyers. Paging Iginla? Flyers reportedly eager to make big move | ProHockeyTalk The Philadelphia Flyers are currently ranked last in the Atlantic Division and the team is known for making big moves.…

Recyling old rumors

The Loktionov and Bernier trade requests are getting more virtual ink this week, though it doesn’t appear to be motivated by actual trade talks. Spectors Hockey | NHL Morning Rumor Mill – January 31, 2013 James O’Brien, citing a report from the LA Kings blog Mayor’s Manor, reports Kings center Andrei Loktionov has requested a…

Kings’ cap situation in 2013-14, compliance buy-outs – pt. 3

We discussed the Kings’ cap situation and possible buy-out candidates a few weeks ago in this post and this one. To summarize: The cap’s going down to $64.5 million.  Voynov, Martinez, Muzzin, Clifford, Lewis, Nolan, Loktionov and Bernier are RFA this summer. I’m nearly 100% sure Martinez, Muzzin, Lewis and Bernier all have arbitration rights.…

I love Dustin Penner

Just read the Mayor’s interview with him, in which he says (I am quoting from memory, so call it a paraphrase), we’re a team first organization and we just got our first win. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. What’s he referring to? Putting him back in the line-up. I thought he had a pretty good…

LAK 3, VAN 2 (SO) – Post-Game Bullets

With the win, the Kings climb up to .500 and grab 8th place in the official standings, or 7th in my idiosyncratic points-blown standings, which now have their own page. 5th through 12th place are separated by 2 points. It feels weird that the Kings only have 2 more games with each of VAN, CHI,…

Assorted Kings stats I find interesting

The Kings have spent the second least number of minutes at 5-on-5. They are 30 seconds ahead of the Oilers, who are last.  Kings lead the league in avg TOI 5-on-3, with 1.3 minutes per game. (They haven’t scored yet.) Kings are 26th in shots-for per 60 minutes of 5-on-4 ice-time. In other words, they…

EDM 2, LAK 1 (OT) — Post Game Bullets

Jarret Stoll — You’re not a rookie. Or a squirt. At least half of why anyone values you is your veteran leadership. What would be the one thing you should be thinking about during an on-the-fly line-change in over-time? Even if you weren’t called for too-many-men, what were you going to do with the puck,…