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Waking up with the Kings: March 8

What to say that hasn’t already been said? Any of the previous carbon copies of this column suffice. Nothing too new to report here: Jonathan Quick bore the brunt of the so-so investment around him; the detail lacked structure, slowing the team down in transition and resulting in a surplus of missed... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 6

There just wasn’t much of anything Tuesday night at Staples Center – not much juice, or any juju or fortune, and there certainly wasn’t a steady stream of scoring chances directed at either net. After their cathartic offensive outburst was sparked in a fun and sloppy defensive outing on Saturday, th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 3

Three of the four 2014 conference finalists are in last or second-to-last place in their divisions, with Montreal, Tuesday’s visitors, the playoff position outlier. And there certainly are wisps of nostalgia when the Kings and Blackhawks meet, even as their tremendous playoff series falls deeper int... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 27

There’s not a great deal more to be said that hasn’t been said since about the LA Kings since the second or third week of the season, even as some details change. They’ve lost nine in a row. And though their team game may have been relatively healthy a week or two ago, they lost 6-1 in two of their ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 26

Before we get any farther, let’s acknowledge the excellent theatre of Monday’s entertaining game. There hasn’t been much in the way of high-stakes drama this season; the Kings were eight points out of a playoff spot on November 1. So, to have the opportunity to come away with a win against the leagu... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 24

Just to get it out of the way, the game story. The LA Kings were tied, 1-1 in the second period. The forecheck had been activated, the ice was tilted towards Roberto Luongo. Alex Iafallo made a smart play to avoid touching a puck leaving the box and hit Anze Kopitar through a seam before Luongo deni... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 22

The mind of a professional hockey player, mid-season, is a complex and insular place. These players are human, but the blinders are on, and the most successful players are able to square in on the immediate task at hand with minimal outside distractions. So, even though the LA Kings were basically a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 19

This is a really difficult spot of the season the LA Kings are in. They’ve traded their best player this season, another player entrenched in the top four on defense is injured, top-six players are in extended skids and/or recovering from injury, and they’re lacking detail and losing important momen... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 17

Had the LA Kings lost, 2-1, many would have been ready to accept the outcome without grand objection in the aftermath of an otherwise satisfactory effort that was short on detail and contained lapses with the Boston Bruins’ top players on the ice. A hard-fought, injury-affected loss to a good team w... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 15

One point in a home game against a depleted Vancouver Canucks team is not at all a preferred outcome for the LA Kings. If the Kings hold on in that game and win, 3-2, that’s a well-deserved two points from a game in which they outplayed their opponent, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alec Martinez contributed ex... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 12

The Washington Capitals can both score and allow goals, and in an entertaining display of up-and-down playmaking, out-skilled and out-buried the LA Kings in the type of track meet game the visitors would have hoped to avoid. Los Angeles experienced defensive zone and transition lapses, but let’s fac... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 10

So, that’s a very complex point the LA Kings earned in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in one of the more entertaining and momentum-driven games of the year. You’re aware of the circumstances, but to repeat: the Kings were even after a first period in which they were outplayed, used an exce... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 8

So, let’s get this straight: the LA Kings, all of a sudden winners of three straight, went into Philadelphia, winners of eight straight, pushed the direction and pace of play and registered 12 of the game’s 15 high-danger scoring chances (via Natural Stat Trick)? Sure, why not. In the latest road de... Read More