TV note, and Game 4 recent history
A reminder, for those in the United States, that tomorrow night’s Game 4 will be broadcast only on NBC Sports Network. I’m told that the CBC feed will be used. That means no Bob Miller and Jim Fox, because the Angels are on Fox Sports West and the Dodgers are on Prime Ticket. Fox-owned KCOP Ch. 13 is also taken by the Clippers, so that’s why there is no local TV. All blackouts have been lifted, so everyone should be able to get NBC Sports Network on the regular cable/satellite channels. Click here for a channel finder if there is any confusion. Per normal, Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will have the radio call on 1150-AM and affiliates. And for those who have asked, no, the Kings can’t do any video streaming. NBC, and its $200-million annual rights deal, would never give a thumbs-up to that. However, right here, Jim Fox will be joining us for a live chat throughout the entire game, to share his thoughts and take questions on all the action, so stay tuned for that.
Also, look at last year’s playoffs suggests that the Kings will want to take care of business tomorrow. Last year, in five different series a team jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Three of the teams completed a four-game sweep: Detroit over Phoenix in the first round, Tampa Bay over Washington in the second round and Boston over Philadelphia in the second round. On the other hand, in two other series, the team down 3-0 rallied to force a Game 7: Vancouver led Chicago 3-0 in the first round and won in seven games, and San Jose led Detroit 3-0 in the second round and won in seven games. Drew Doughty today stressed the Kings’ desire to not led the series have continued life.
DOUGHTY: “It’s very possible for a team to come back, down 3-0. You’ve seen it happen so many times. We’ve got to make sure we close it out tomorrow. We’re in our home barn. We have our home fans. They’ve been great for us so far, and we’re sleeping in our own beds every night. We have no excuse not to play our best game of the series, coming up tomorrow. We have to.
“We know they’re going to come out hard. They’re going to play their best game of the series. We haven’t played our best hockey yet, throughout this whole series, and we’re winning a few games. I think, finally, when we show our best tomorrow night, it will be a tough game.’’