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2012-2013 LA Kings Season Preview — Wait, what?

Two or three months ago, I don’t think anyone would have batted an eye if I said that the chances of Dustin Penner or Jarret Stoll re-signing with Kings were about zero. We would have been talking about which rookies might make the team (e.g. Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey, Jake Muzzin?), would Gagne return from…

2011-2012 Kings Prospects Scoring, Adjusted

Since you already have 59 different places to go for traditional team stats, I decided to do something different. A few years back, behindthenet calculated conversion multipliers to be used to “translate” scoring stats from one league into equivalent NHL numbers. The idea being, for example, that one goal in NCAA is the rough equivalent, in terms of difficulty of 0.41 goals in the NHL. Obviously, there’s lots of room to disagree with the specific numbers, but I’m willing to play along. Here are the numbers behindthenet came up with:

How did these Kings get here in the first place?

None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:

Kings Take Game One, 4-2 (post-game bullets)

I keep thinking about W. P. Kinsella’s short-story, “The Last Pennant Before Armageddon.” The Cubs are on a historic hot streak,  about to win the World Series, and their manager is having a recurring nightmare that the Cubs win it all and then the world blows up. He believes it’s a premonition. And he has to decide whether he should throw the series to save the world, or win it all and let the world explode.

Mirtle lists the 81 players still playing, in line combinations

Eastern Conference (1) New York Rangers Hagelin – Richards – Gaborik Anisimov – Boyle – Callahan Fedotenko – Stepan – Prust Kreider – Mitchell – Rupp McDonagh – Girardi Staal – Del Zotto/Stralman Bickel Lundqvist (Biron) (6) New Jersey Devils Kovalchuk – Zajac – Ponikarovsky Parise – Elias – Clarkson Sykora – Henrique – Zubrus…

A BETTER GUIDE TO HATING THE KINGS

In the spirit of friendship, and because this whole thing is probably about to go to hell in a hand-basket, and because Chuck Berry is from St. Louis and Chuck Berry is Rock and Roll, I thought I would lend a hand in completing the guide to Kings hating put together by SB Nation’s St.…

A different Kings team: 2010 vs. 2012

Yesterday (seems like a month ago) we looked at how the Canucks have changed since the 2010 series against a markedly different Kings team. Here’s how different: RETURNING (9): Matt Greene Rob Scuderi Drew Doughty Anze Kopitar Justin Williams Brad Richardson Dustin Brown Jarret Stoll Jonathan Quick IN (14): Mike Richards Jeff Carter Dustin Penner…

Game One: Kings 4, Canucks 2

Game one goes to the Kings. That’s an odd feeling. That was one of those games the Kings of old knew how to lose. Who are these guys? By which I mean, a game in which the Kings came out strong, dominated, got stone-walled, got a dumb penalty followed by a quick goal-against. Etc. Another…