Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Stay tuned shortly for the live blog of the Kings v. Hawks game.
- I really dislike listening to Joe Beninati. It sounds like he's trying too hard.
- Not sure what I think of Blondie...she's ok.
alright boys, let's start this game. 5 bucks on Brown (cleanly) destroying Toews in the first period.
20:00 - Why is there a bluish hue? I know games always look darker in Chicago, but this is a little much.
18:13 - Neither team has established control; play keeps going back and forth...
17:34 - Chicago had the best chance on a rebound from the outer edge of the circle. But good recovery by Quick to stop the 'Hawks.
17:08 - Nice check by Greene!
16:20 - Nice interception by Brown but Stoll rushed the backhand attempt
15:35 - pretty good cross ice movement by the 'Hawks. Another camera shot of Terry Murray looking like he always does: bored.
14:38 - good stop by Quick (and no rebound!) on a rush by Byfjdoi87lggleen....or whatever his name is.
14:20 - oh Stoll! get it on NET!
13:09 - is it just me or is this game boring? the teams look fairly evenly matched, which means both teams are doing a good job of limiting the opposition to very few chances.
12:30 - Rookie Scott Parse had a decent shot on net. He's definitely been outplaying Teddy Purcell and deserves the spot alongside Stoll and Brown.
11:35 - Fourth line out on the ice....I wonder how the Kings would do with only 3 lines...
10:37 - Kopi had a great takeaway and fed it to Williams who powered it wide...
9:58 - Kane has a very white mouthguard...I'd like to see Brownie rip it out of his mouth.
9:00 - the Handzus-Frolov-Simmonds line had a good shift
8:25 - how the hell does Patrick Sharp have so many points against us??
7:28 - holy shit Quick, could that rebound have been any bigger?? he's lucky the 'Hawks weren't in good position to jump on the puck
6:22 - Shots are even at 9
5:18 - This game reminds me of Saturday's game against Nashville except with a tad bit more energy.
4:24 - the fourth line actually had a short cycle going...
3:48 - Nice defense by Scuderi. He couldn't have played that any better.
2:26 - Parse-Stoll-Brown looking good.....and Brown and Eager both going off for penalties. Brown is usually good at drawing penalties, but this time he got caught diving. Boo!
0:00 - not too much action in this period....Blackhawaks had more chances, but nothing too heart-stopping. I hope this game picks up.
more after the jump....jump!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I was really looking forward to today's afternoon game against the Predators, especially since the Kings just came off an awesome 5-2 home win against the Pens on Thursday night. But nooooooo, the Kings couldn't play that well two games in a row. Instead, the Kings were sloppy, off kilter, lackluster, and, quite frankly, unlucky. The teams looked evenly matched, had similar chances, but in the end, the Preds were able to bury more pucks in the net.
Doughty probably had his second worst game of the season and Kopitar looked off as well. Despite making some good saves throughout the game, Quick looked Slow on the first Preds goal. He also made an ill decision in the third period when he prematurely skated off the ice during a delayed penalty just as the Kings missed a pass at the blueline and the puck went caroming down the rink towards a now empty goal. He tried to skate back in a hurry and then THREW HIS STICK at the puck, which was fruitless since it went wide anyway. I stared in complete disgust thinking, "there goes our man advantage" as Quick was assessed a penalty.
The third Preds goal, which came off a play where Kopitar fell over while skating backwards and ended with an U.G.L.Y. defensive play by Kopi and Quick, was a gut wrencher since the Kings had just got within 1 goal off an awesome slap shot by Stoll that was barely deflected by Brownie. The messy defense on the last Preds goal was just another instance of sloppy play that occurred throughout the game. It was disappointing to see so many offensive passes back to the defensemen slip by them and out of the offensive zone. It was frustrating watching the Kings play without much energy; it's never a good sign when I can count the number of memorable hits on one hand. And it's irritating having to convince my friends, who aren't diehard Kings like myself, that the Kings are actually good this season, despite how boring and awful the game was. I know the Kings are capable of playing great hockey, but games like today worry me that shit's going to hit the fan and the old Kings are going to appear.
But you know what was good about this game? The drinks we had at Trader Vic's before we got to the game. So the next time you're heading to Staples Center for a Kings game, stop by Trader Vic's to fill up on one of their tasty beverages. Don't worry, I won't be at the game, so there's a good possibility that the Kings will win.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Anyway, my favorite part about live updates on a boxscore is seeing errors in the updates. See below for an example:
The shot was eventually credited to Dustin Brown, but if you don't know who to credit for a shot, hit, penalty, etc. don't post the update till all information is collected. Silly update people.
Glad to see Williams get a goal in his first game back from a hopefully minor injury that won't flare up in the near future. Even though the Kings got points in their past two shootout losses, it's such a relief to see them get 2 points in regulation. 15 games in and the Kings are only 1 point behind San Jose. C'mon Kings, keep up the points streak.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Of the two starting goaltenders, Steve Mason definitely looked the most suspect after allowing 2 goals on 2 shots 49 seconds apart. Jonathan Quick looked solid at the beginning of the game and kept the Kings up by 2 after stopping Rick Nash on a penalty shot. He looked so calm during the penalty shot and stayed with Nash the entire time, in position to make a blocker save.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Then check back after the game for a review of the game.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
But using only one defenseman on the power play wasn't the only fault to the Kings' issues while playing with the man advantage since they had much success in the first handful of games this season. Unfortunately the chemistry they had earlier in the season hasn't continued as they've faced teams with solid PK units.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
20:00 awww....there's Brad Stuart!
18:45 - is any team going to take control? uh-oh, Davis Drewiske in the Box.
18:23 - yikes, an f'ing rocket from the blueline by Lidstrom. BTW, how old is that guy??
17:30 - My heart stopped; Bertuzzi hit the post....karmas a bitch isn't it Big Bert?
17:15 - 2-on-1, Doughty all alone
16:42 - Huh, Jason Williams and Justin Williams. That's not confusing at all.
16:26 - crappity crap crap, Wings just tied it. What the...hold on...the Kings get someone kicked out of the faceoff circle and the replacement is Peter HARROLD?! Well, of course he's going to lose the faceoff. Great choice guys.
14:24 - this here some messy hockey, but the Wings have had the better chances and are applying more pressure. I think the only shot on goal the Kings have this period was a shorthanded light backhand shot.
12:19 - Greene and O'Donnell are paired on the ice together.
12:05 - eek, Kopitar got checked at the middle of the ice. Nice extended leg, Cleary. Oooooh, is Terry Murray showing emotion? That might be a first.
11:58 - uhh, wtf. Purcell is sitting in the box right now for too many men on the ice. Let's hope this PK can stonewall the Wings.
11:13 - Just as I was thinking, 'wow, Lidstrom and Rafalski on the blueline', Lidstrom took a slap shot that found its way past Quick. This PK needs to improve Stat!
11:00 - Smyth broke out but couldn't bury it.
9:53 - Wings have outshot the Kings 7-3 in this period.
9:06 - the third line finally gets a cycle going in the Wings zone. Fro passed it to Simmonds who was positioned right in front of Osgood, but he couldn't stuff the puck in the net.
7:50 - backhand by Stoll, but it came from too far out and wasn't strong enough to be too menacing.
7:45 - it seems like the 4th line is getting way too many minutes; are Richardson, Harrold, and Lewis really worth this much ice time?
5:16 - omg, another penalty? and in the offensive zone? Oh F*CK, the ref is Dan Marouelli!! One of the absolute worst refs in NHL history.
Woah, is the Joe Louis Arena really playing 'Single Ladies'?
3:30 - Bertuzzi just hit the post AGAIN!
3:13 - full strength and it's still 2-1
2:03 - Kings have been blocking a lot of shots, but they haven't been
1:46 - Ahhhhh, another penalty!! It looked like O'D just laid out a hard hit, but somehow it's a penalty. BS. Total BS. Great sales job Holmstrom. Thanks Marouelli.
0:50 - blocked shots, deflections, the puck is flying all over the place!
0:00 - *sigh* the Kings killed the majority of the penalty. Only 16 seconds remain in the penalty and hopefully that'll be the last penalty they take this game. Being shorthanded has killed their chances of establishing momentum and getting their offensive game going. They only had 1 maybe 2 solid scoring chances this period, which is obviously not going to win them any games, especially against Detroit.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The Kings turned over the puck way too many times during the game. Phoenix had a lot of odd-man rushes and easy break outs. The defensemen were much more active on offense than in the past, but it hurt the team when the Kings turned over the puck and there was only one defenseman left to fend off the opposition. Drew Doughty was surprisingly shaky in the game; he was called for two penalties and had several turnovers that left him out of position and scrambling to recover.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sharks look like they spent the entire summer celebrating the Presidents' trophy. One thing is sure: the Sharks are more likely to have a disappointing season than the Kings
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Oct 8th v. Minnesota Wild
Oct 25th v. Columbus Blue Jackets
Nov 7th v. Nashville Predators
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Looks like someone took some fighting lessons during the offseason. It's good to see Simmonds hold his own this year.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
It is a common belief that 1 human year is equal to 7 dog years. That is not very accurate, since dogs reach adulthood within the first couple of years. The formula is: 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after.
So let's say that Luongo, currently 30 years old, has already reached adulthood and that from this point forward every year in his contract equals 4 dog years. I think that's fair. After 12 years of his contract, he would technically be 42 in human years, but in hockey years, which is more like dog years, he would actually be 78!!! WTF?! This scientific conversion proves that this contract really is ridiculous.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Kings off-season has been b.o.r.i.n.g. Thankfully it coincided with my hectic personal summer so I feel like the off-season has been flying by without feeling like I've been missing out on all the fun. The NHL Entry Draft came and went without much fanfare. The Kings did not hold a Draft party this season for season ticket holders something I attribute to the crappy economy but was probably due to the Kings not wanting to give off the impression that having a high Draft pick is something to celebrate year after year since, of course, that would mean that the Kings still suck. The Kings aren't exactly in the top half of the league but the team is slowly getting there and hopefully next year's Draft will be even less of an event for Kings fans than the 2009 Draft.
Even without the fanfare of the 2008 Draft, I doubt the majority of Kings fans were that upset with the selection of forward Brayden Schenn. Personally, I was satisfied. There’s nothing wrong with stacking the farm system, and eventually the roster, with young quality players.
Braaaaayyyyy-den Schenn…yes, I am a jerk
The Ryan Smyth trade was definitely a huge surprise to me and, it's probably safe to say, to most Kings fans as well. In fact, that was the only surprise of the off-season but it wasn't a complete downer for the Kings community considering the Kings pretty much gave up only Kyle Quincey to acquire Smyth. One could argue that the Kings lost additional manpower since someone named Tom Preissing was also involved in the mix but he was barely on the roster last season so he will hardly be missed. The Kings have a lot of depth on the blueline so while Quincey was a dominant and productive player last year, sadly he was expendable.
The Kings made a couple other small moves, including letting go of Connie's true love, Matt Moulson and trading away Brian Boyle, who has progressed so slowly that the Kings should be given credit for giving him a chance for as long as they did. Teddy Purcell signed for an additional year and several other small fries also remained in the system.
Jack MF Johnson was the big name to re-sign this off-season and THANK GOD negotiations were completed before the start of the season (*cough*Sully*cough*). I found out about this transaction when Connie texted me while I was on my honeymoon. Yep, I got married this summer; I am officially the ball and chain. Anyway, I had been worried all summer long that Jack would get re-signed to a ridiculously unnecessary contract that he didn't deserve. I am not a fan of long contracts and paying athletes for their potential so I was slightly worried that Dean Lombardi would succumb to what seems to becoming the norm in NHL contracts. However, Deano proved why he's so f'ing awesome and came to an agreement with Jack on a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $1.425 million. I wrote a bit about the Jack re-signing here, but overall, Jack still has a lot to prove so the contract is very telling of what Jack has done for the Kings and what he needs to do in order to be paid the big bucks. It also gives both sides an out in case one or both parties are unhappy with what will happen over the next two years.
So that's it! Boring, right? I know. I live in LA where hockey news is incredibly scarce in local news. I was recently in Minnesota and spent a couple hours at the Mall of America to kill off time before my flight back to LA. I came across the Minnesota Wild Team store and so badly wanted to buy something just because I was hockey starved. I don't care about the Wild but I wanted to buy something hockey related and be near to it. Alas, I didn't step into the store in fear of what I might do. Hockey, please come back now.
(x-posted to HLOG)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
According to the Kings report:
In 70 games with Brandon, the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, scored 32 goals and 56 assists for 88 along with 82 minutes and an impressive plus-20 rating. Schenn was outstanding in the postseason, totaling 8 goals and 18 points in 12 playoff games. He also earned a reputation as a standout two-way player with the kind of game that can succeed in the playoffs -- something the Kings haven't made since the 2001-02 season.
In the Kings Q&A with Schenn he described what he can bring to the team:
A two-way game. I am a forward who has some grit and I see the ice pretty well. The main thing is that I play physical. I bring an all-around game.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Dallas Stars are very different team than the LA Kings, but as Cat points out in her assessment of the hiring, the Stars have a number of youngsters who are still in the learning process and bunch of veterans, in particular Mike Modano, who are now in a different role on the team. I do wish the Stars the best considering they're my second favorite Pacific Division team and hopefully with Marc Crawford guiding the team they'll be able to help the Kings by taking down the Sharks and Ducks.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
(x-posted to HLOG)
Friday, May 22, 2009
When I first saw the hit happen it just looked like a big hit a la Scott Stevens on Eric Lindros, but Havlat's motionless body was gut-wrenching, much much worse than when Umberger was leveled three years ago by Brian Campbell. I mean seriously, who didn't get nervous watching Havlat look like a rag doll while the guys on the ice tried to dish out deserving retaliations. I still don't know how Havlat was capable of getting off the ice without the aid of a stretcher.
As for the game itself, I'm not sure if I should be amazed that Detroit can play half a game and be this close to winning it or that they're not up 3-0 in this series. Because of the hit, it was good to see the 'Hawks win this game, especially at home, but Detroit is definitely moving onto the Cup Finals.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
My mindset for Game 6 in both of these series was "I'm going to lose my sh*t if the Ducks/Bruins win". However, today I had a feeling that the teams I was rooting for, the 'Canes and the Wings, were going to win. No question, these games were in the bag.
Was anyone else concerned that one of the two Game 7 games was going to be a huge disappointing blowout like the embarrassing one-sided Pens/Caps Game 7? Both games tonight were very exciting and I was worried for awhile during the Carolina/Boston OT that both teams looked so equally matched that it was very possible for the game to enter multiple OT frames.
I only caught the final 5 minutes of the Wings/Ducks Game 7 and was shocked to find the score tied at 3, especially considering I left work with the knowledge that the Wings had a 2-0 lead. I was even more stunned to see how slowly both teams were moving. It looked like Zetterberg's skates were frozen to the ice. Getzlaf lumberly skated with the puck. It appeared that the game was going to head into 3 lifeless overtimes until Cleary ended the deadlock with the game winner. I expected Anaheim to fight like hell in the final minutes, but they still looked slow and didn't have any extra jump normally associated with a team that has a one-goal deficit in the waning seconds of a Game 7.
I know some people didn't really want Detroit to win because they're Detroit and always win, but I was rooting for Detroit and not just because I cannot stand the Ducks. During the regular season I get annoyed with Detroit winning, but during the playoffs I feel the need to give credit where it is due and Detroit never fails to deliver good hockey. But don't get me wrong, it felt A.W.E.S.O.M.E. to see the Ducks get eliminated.
I still don't understand my obsession with the Carolina Hurricanes but I wanted them to win this series so badly. They didn't look very good in the two games where they surrendered a total of 8 goals, but they played well in the others. Like a lot of hot goalies in the playoffs, when Cam Ward is on he can absolutely steal games (and steal your heart because he's just so damn adorable!). It's crazy that he has never lost a playoff series. He'll eventually lose one, but I still think he's going to lead the 'Canes to the Cup Finals.
Detroit v. Carolina
Thursday, April 30, 2009
On to the Second Round Predictions!
(1) Boston v. (6) Carolina
Prediction: I have no idea what Boston is capable of considering I've only seen them play for 6 minutes when they lost to the Kings in March. But I'm sticking with Carolina!
(2) Washington v. (4) Pittsburgh
Prediction: I'm still recovering from Avery being knocked out of the playoffs. I'm rooting for Pittsburgh.
(2) Detroit v. (8) Anaheim
Prediction: I think we can all agree that Anaheim is one of the strongest eighth seeds ever. Still though, Anaheim knew how to handle San Jose, but I don't think they can keep up with the Wings. Detroit all the way.
(3) Vancouver v. (4) Chicago
Prediction: OMG, did anyone see Jokinen in the post-game/series conference? Woah, HD does not do him any favors....oh, by the way, Vancouver advances.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Anaheim over San Jose
Detroit over Columbus (Detroit is headed to the Finals)
St. Louis over Vancouver
Calgary over Blackhawks (I bet Cammalleri will have 11 goals in this matchup...ugh.)
Boston over Montreal
Capitals over Rangers
Carolina over Devils (I'm saying it now, Carolina is going to the Cup Finals)
Pittsburgh over Philly
When real life stops getting in the way, I'll have a more in-depth post about something hockey related, preferably about the Kings.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
x-posted to HLOG
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The Kings have a lot of players around Sully's age and Lombardi always stressed the importance of having enough players at different stages of their careers. Justin Williams is on the older end of the age scale and has more successful outings than O'Sullivan. He has a lot more experience than Sully and when he's not injured, he's a fantastic player. Along with Brind'Amour, Cole, and Staal, Williams was one of the core players that was instrumental in bringing the Cup to Carolina. In the first year of the "New NHL" I was very taken with that Carolina team and was impressed with Williams' play, specifically in the playoffs since that's when I watched him the most. He reminds me of Handzus, but more of a goal-scorer.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Another 'Thank You' goes to the local LA TV stations for not broadcasting this game; Gotta love it when home games aren't televised.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
And to make matters worse, Jason LaBarbera is Mr. March in the Kings calendar; I'm going to have to replace him with someone else...probably Frolov.
Overall, I don't expect much to happen in LA tomorrow, probably just one minor trade. But, of course, I'll be glued to the interwebs all day, checking to see which teams go all in hoping to make the one crucial trade that will help them win the Cup.
(x-posted to HLOG)
Monday, March 2, 2009
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bro: F**k. I HATE the Ducks. (This was sent after the Ducks scored their third goal)
Me: Haha, I hate them more and more every time I watch them play
Bro: Is Bob Miller announcing any channel? I cannot f**king stand Brian Gayward. I'm at [girlfriend's] place so she only has basic cable.
Me: No because it is in Anaheim. These announcers are terrible. (Not being able to listen to Bob Miller while watching the Kings should be illegal)
Bro: Seriously. I wonder if Anaheim fans hate Jim Foxx (not quite sure why there are two x's). Because that's stupid - Jim Foxx (again with the 2 x's) is unbeatable. It's not possible. Science has proved it.
Bro: Phew! F**k yeah! (after the Kings won)
Bro: Ugh. Brian Gayward just said that getzlaf was the best player on the ice. What a joke. And that's why I hate the ducks.
Me: Getzlaf is so gross (seriously, have you seen him try to smile? And that hair....blech) and Gayward is so f'ing retarded. I am so glad they won.
As you can tell, (a) we're definitely related, (b) we're quite mature with our descriptions, and (c) we're 100% correct about Brian Hayward. How is he still on the Ducks broadcast?
So the Kings won tonight....now about those playoffs...On one hand I don't really see the Kings as a playoff team, but on the other hand, if Columbus is hanging onto a playoff spot, then the Kings can get in there too. No way the BJs are a better team than the Kings.
Monday, February 16, 2009
It's the second intermission and Zack Bogosian just called Mathieu Schneider his best friend during an interview with FSN correspondent Patrick O'Neal. Dude, isn't that Schneider guy ancient? Schneider the Mentor? Totally Understandable. Schneider the Best Friend to a kid born in the '90s? C.R.E.E.P.Y.
And speaking of Bogosian, he's pretty easy on the eyes. Connie warned me before the TV broadcast began that my TV might melt if the camera focused on him too much. I finally figured out who he reminds me of: the actor who played Jack O'Callahan in the most awesomest US sports movie ever made, 'Miracle' (and if you don't agree, you don't deserve to live in the best country in the world).
Similarity? They're both hot stuff
This sucks! At least there are two more periods for the Kings
C'mon guys, win this game. Don't make the kitties cry.