February 13: Wednesday morning links
Lisa Dillman of the LA Times takes a look at the injury-riddled defense, which held together Monday despite Alec Martinez’s 1:35 of ice time before he left the game with an “upper body injury”. There will be more Martinez news from LA Kings Insider following today’s practice.
Kings dig deep despite injury-depleted defense corps
Robert of Jewels from the Crown hands out grades from the game at St. Louis and provides a chart of shot attempts for and against. There is the occasional divide between basic stats and #fancystats, and Robert’s examination of scoring chances, puck possession time and methods of zone entry are right in the middle between the two and give an accurate depiction of the team’s effectiveness, which occasionally belies prevailing analysis. If you’re not following @RobertJFTC on Twitter, you should be.
Kings vs. Blues Game Grades
Dan Rosen of NHL.com identifies teams that haven’t quite distinguished themselves yet despite opening the season with high expectations. Let’s see if the Kings are on the list…They are! And should Kings fans “panic”?…They should! Craig Button also weighs in.
Who should be patient and who should panic?
Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty put out a pair of Rogie Vachon features while the team was on the road trip. The first piece contains a well constructed letter to the Hall of Fame advocating Vachon’s inclusion. There’s also a good debate in the comments section over whether Vachon is HHOF-worthy. The second piece features the lengths to which the team goes to honor former players who have helped construct the team’s legacy and identity. Both are good reads.
Open Letter to The Hockey Hall Of Fame: Address The Injustice and Induct Rogie Vachon
Los Angeles Kings Superstar, Legend Rogie Vachon Says Receiving Stanley Cup Ring Was “Phenomenal”
John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor has a good interview with prospect Tanner Pearson, who was a savvy pick by the Kings as a 19-year old coming out of the OHL’s Barrie Colts. Contributing as a 20-year old in the AHL can be a significant challenge, but Pearson ranks fourth on the team in scoring and has registered a plus-11. Also, AHL, fix his birthday!
Mayor’s Manor Live Radio with Kings prospect Tanner Pearson
Quisp of McSorley’s Stick offers an interesting read on something I’ve always wondered about – how much does natural, human emotion influence personnel decisions?
Is Dean Lombardi vindictive? Does it matter?
In parting, here’s Joe Buck broadcasting five minutes of the Kings-Blues game from Monday, which includes a goal call on Davis Drewiske’s power play snipe. A stick tap to Puck Daddy and FOX Sports Midwest for the video, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Daniel Alfredsson is God; Kiprusoff, Reimer updates; Ovechkin adjusting to right wing (Puck Headlines)