Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: February 24

Has there been any other recent game that so accurately served as an archetype of the 2016-17 season? The Kings were the better team. They limited zone time, possession, and had the majority of the even strength chances. The opponent scored early in the first period, necessitating a game of catch-up... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 22

Oh, hey. I guess it’s time to write about last night’s 2-1 Kings win over the Avalanche. Several abbreviated observations from Tuesday’s game: -The Kings etched out a very strong 10 minutes to open the game, which featured a power play in which they controlled the puck in the offensive zone for n... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 20

The talk of the Kings playing well despite back-to-back losses took a turn for the unimportant when the team lost for the third consecutive time in regulation, falling 1-0 to the Ducks in a Pacific Division rivalry game that continued to remove the games in hand advantage they had over the Flames. I... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 17

With Los Angeles returning to play from a bye week, and Arizona concluding a three-in-four stretch with significant travel, in retrospect it’s not the biggest surprise that the game played out as a familiarly zany reboot to the Kings-Coyotes rivalry. Those predictably unpredictable games usually are... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 10

Several abbreviated thoughts on Los Angeles 6-3 win over Florida Thursday night: -Being “due” for something is only loosely measurable and doesn’t really matter in sports, no matter how it fits a narrative, but it wasn’t difficult to foresee the Kings snapping out of their offensive schneid to so... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 8

Woof. In a performance that was two-thirds of a carbon copy of the game two days prior, the Kings engineered a bevy of quality chances early but were felled by mistakes and poor individual performances in their second consecutive 5-0 blowout loss. Whereas the Capitals are evolving once again into a ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 6

The Kings peppered Philipp Grubauer with a high volume of low-quality shots, but one of the better opportunities the team was able to generate came just over three minutes in when the Capitals goalie used his left pad to kick aside Tyler Toffoli’s B-plus-type chance. In the other direction, a conver... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 5

It’s time to dip back to the Dustin Brown Well of 2013: “Sometimes you say at the end of losing streaks and at the end of winning streaks sometimes you’re losing games you shouldn’t, and sometimes you’re winning games you shouldn’t, as well,” Brown said after a loss in Detroit in which the Kings out... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 2

The Los Angeles Kings have built up a modest winning streak and have done so by beating the lesser teams in the standings, a mostly anecdotal issue but one that had plagued them at times throughout the first 45 games or so of the season. That’s not to take away from their accomplishment – they’ve ou... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 1

Short of pucks catapulting off mesh netting and deflecting off the goaltender and into the net, Gila River Arena has been the site of its fair share of unexpected developments. A building that elicits performances more Picasso than Vermeer is often impervious to Los Angeles’ tried and true checking ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 27

Having sat in pressboxes over an 82-game-plus schedule over the past several seasons, you see enough hockey to know that Something Of Note Always Happens. It took 55 minutes on Thursday, but that adage was reinforced when Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis scored goals 38 seconds apart late in the thir... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 25

It was interesting to read the roster report before the teams took the ice last night and learn that this forward group would start the game: Andy Andreoff-Trevor Lewis-Jordan Nolan. Whether or not Darryl Sutter was sending any sort of message or simply placing players on the ice who’d earned the ri... Read More