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Waking up with the Kings: March 26

In another game in which the Los Angeles Kings outshot, vastly out-attempted and narrowly out-chanced their opponents, they again lacked any finishing ability and could not establish or benefit from the convergence of bodies, pucks and chaos in front of the net during a quiet home loss. It’s not eas... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 24

The Los Angeles Kings rode a strong special teams performance and a quality start in net from Ben Bishop to a 5-2 win over a personnel-depleted Winnipeg Jets team that iced a young blue line in front of Connor Hellebucyk, who dealt with a mash-up of bodies, pucks and skates in close proximity for mu... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 20

Several abbreviated thoughts on the Kings 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames Sunday night: -In another Most Important Game Of The Season, the Kings struggled coming out of the gate and ceded a disproportionate number of high-pace, high-skill, tic-tac-toe efforts to Calgary’s best players in the first... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 15

The Los Angeles Kings lost an eminently winnable game in an 11-round shootout when they were unable to hold two third period leads against the Arizona Coyotes. Compare that to March 17, 2014 – the Shamrock Shake game – when they let a third period lead slip away and lost in regulation to Phoenix, en... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 14

It’s too early for a post-mortem when the “mortem” state hasn’t yet been reached, and with 14 games remaining, including three against the Oilers, the Kings still have an opportunity to make things interesting in their quest for a playoff berth. But while their postseason chances rely heavily on a t... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 12

Several abbreviated observations from the Kings’ 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals: -There is only one thing the Kings and Syrio Forel say to death: ‘Not today.’ At a pivotal crossroads in their season in which back-to-back losses to Washington and St. Louis would’ve necessitated the Lord of L... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 10

The Kings won a very important hockey game on Thursday amidst very little margin for error on the current home stand. For a realistic shot of the playoffs, this is a team that can’t post a record any worse than 5-2-0 or 4-2-1 during this seven-game stretch, with one of the wins needing to come again... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 5

There were cautionary overtones early in Los Angeles’ 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday, a game in which the Kings showed signs early of not being appropriately engaged. Against light pressure, Los Angeles struggled with their breakouts for a good 90-second stretch early in the first period, a puzzl... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 28

In a clear reversal from prior seasons of the Los Angeles-Minnesota rivalry, the two teams with deep roots in structured play and often low-scoring games exploded for 25 combined goals in this year’s season series, which was claimed by the Wild in a, well, wild 5-4 win in which the home team never h... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 26

This is a Kings group that is the latest of a string of Kings teams that despite an evolution of personnel is still linked to teams of the recent past by certain core characteristics. They’re resilient, and when backed against the wall tend to emerge with a renewed sense of purpose. This isn’t unive... Read More

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