Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: January 22

The Kings are having a difficult time generating momentum right now. After their third consecutive regulation loss decided by either one goal or one goal plus an empty-netter, it’s clear that this is an offensively challenged team strained by key absences on its roster, but given some of the opponen... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 19

While many on the outside considered the team’s nine consecutive road games to be a make-or-break part of the schedule, a much more important stretch was the recent seven-game home stand, which the team concluded with a disappointing 3-4-0 record. Unable to solidify their footing in the standings as... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 17

Several abbreviated thoughts on Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning: -I understood where Darryl Sutter is coming from when he said “We played a hell of a game,” but I don’t really put a ton of stock into that assessment. On one hand, the Kings were without two-thirds of the Holy Trinity ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 15

Riding a wave of top players, the Los Angeles Kings scored early but fell behind to a committed Winnipeg team in the third period before tying the game late on a bang-bang play by Dustin Brown, setting the stage for a lightning quick Jeff Carter release off important feeds from Anze Kopitar and Jake... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 13

Thursday night’s game, a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, serves as the perfect counterpoint to any lazy argument that the Los Angeles Kings are “too slow” or “not equipped to play the modern game.” In an encompassment of the Kings’ thrust under Darryl Sutter, they spent minimal time in their own z... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 10

A collection of unforced errors and uncharacteristically sloppy defensive zone play plagued the Los Angeles Kings in a 6-4 defeat to a Dallas Stars team that had entered the night with five wins in 19 road games. There were extremes in goaltending, and for the most part, they weren’t good for either... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 8

After a sleepy 10 minutes yielded a pair of goals to the opposition – one on a stoppable Mikko Koivu shot, and one on a nice hustle play by Charlie Coyle, who buried the puck after his chip behind the net off a faceoff allowed Jason Pominville to wrap the puck in front – Los Angeles called a timeout... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 4

The Kings withstood the continuation of one of the more difficult parts of their schedule – a home-and-home addendum to nine consecutive road games – and continued to remain above the cutoff amidst the glut of teams that are separated by very little in the Western Conference. Entering play Wednesday... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 1

Playing their first home game in three weeks on New Year’s Eve, the Kings kept any would-be party crashers at bay with an effective, fast and seemingly emotional and important win by holding off the rival Sharks with a performance that both combined the effort and work ethic of several recent games ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 30

From the Yeah, Obviously Department: The Kings are lacking in horses right now. Without Tyler Toffoli in the lineup, there’s just not enough goal scoring at the moment to sustain the team on most nights. We all know what Jeff Carter has done, and there has been some intriguing development of younger... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 29

The Kings lost a game to a team that has little foothold in the standings on Wednesday night. This, on a macro scale, is because the Kings are a middle of the pack team. After the loss, they rank 17th overall in the NHL in points (with games in hand on the six teams directly above them) and are one ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 24

Contrary to what had been floated around a little bit, the Kings’ seven-game leg of nine consecutive games away from Staples Center wasn’t going to be a make-or-break stretch of the season unless they did something like win zero or one games. They ended up winning three and taking points in five of ... Read More