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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

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