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Waking up with the Kings: March 18

Perhaps the most archetypal note about Saturday’s slog is that the LA Kings’ first period was far and away their best period, and they were down 2-0 after the first 20 minutes after yielding a shorthanded goal and having gone 0-for-4 on the man advantage. There’s an enormous difference between effor... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 16

The LA Kings held a narrow lead for most of Thursday’s game, and when a plucky and committed Detroit team equalized early in the third and was buzzing for a go-ahead goal, used their top players to create a little bit of puck luck and claim a three-goal win in a low-event game that was tightly check... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 14

Putting it mildly, there wasn’t a ton of juice in the Kings’ attack Tuesday night. (Mind you, that’s “juice,” not “Juice.”) Some of that was based on about as fast and in-control of a performance from Arizona as has been seen in the rivalry over recent years. The Coyotes, having turned the corner fr... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 13

After the Vancouver Canucks had lost 1-0 in Arizona on Sunday, Jacob Markstrom shared some pointed words for a team that had lost its third straight and was unable to generate much punch to make up for a bevy of injuries affecting key players. “It’s not like the season is over and let’s meet up in S... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 11

The Los Angeles Kings have played eight games since stringing together three consecutive wins at the end of their seven-game road trip, which finished with a composed, character win at Winnipeg. They are 4-4-0 in those eight games, demonstrating a befuddling inconsistency that has produced the heigh... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 9

Several abbreviated observations from Thursday’s 3-1 win over Washington: -After Washington’s top players generated several rush opportunities early in the game that forced Jonathan Quick into difficult saves on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and others, the Kings were able to find their gro... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 4

The pistons that power Drew Doughty’s emotionally charged world-class game have become double-sided. Obviously, there were many factors in Saturday’s loss beyond his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Jonathan Quick wasn’t as sharp as he was in, say, the Vegas game, though he dealt with several diffic... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 2

For the first 20 minutes of Thursday’s 5-2 win, there wasn’t much data to dispel the (mostly anecdotal) observation that the Kings traditionally fare poorly against back-up goaltenders, nor the (much more valid) observation that the team has struggled at home and in first periods. It took the Kings ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 28

Big, big wins, Insiders. Between Jeff Carter’s third period goal Monday and Anze Kopitar’s beautiful finish Tuesday, all of 48 minutes of game time served to highlight an evolved trajectory of a team that was close to finishing up a 0-3-0 home stand but instead swept a pair of games against the West... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 27

One of the better parts of Hockey Beat Writer Twitter is that Spaceballs references are still very much in vogue 31 years after the movie was released. There are always applicable references. For one, the first period of last night’s game was played at Ludicrous Speed, and it was, especially for the... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 25

Forward Dustin Brown perfectly summed up the situation where the NHL reviewed his scoring opportunity in the last 10 seconds of the Kings’ 4-3 loss to the Oilers that was called a goal, and then overturned. Said Brown, “At the end of the day though we can’t wait til the last 10 seconds to score a go... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 23

Thursday’s game between the Kings and the Dallas Stars, a 2-0 Stars victory, felt like an old school Western Conference match-up between the two teams. In fact after the game, defenseman Jake Muzzin was asked if he felt like the team was playing a previous version of itself. The checking was tight, ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 21

Coach John Stevens called the Kings’ 4-3 victory at the Winnipeg Jets “one of the better wins of the year.” The team was playing a back-to-back against a Jets squad that had lost just five games at home in regulation all season. Los Angeles got in late the night before from its win at the Chicago Bl... Read More