Tag Archive for Mike Richards

Pre-Game 1 perspectivizer

Kings are 2-0 all-time in Conference Finals series (Toronto, 1993; Phoenix, 2012). 8-4 in Conference Finals games. 2-1 (series) and 8-8 (games) if you count the 1969 series against the Blues, before there were conferences. The Kings faced the Blackhawks in one previous playoff series, in 1974. The Blackhawks won the series, 4-1. The Blackhawks…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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’ 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.…

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,…