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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: October 12

In case you had been caught up in Major League Baseball playoffs or some other non-hockey event and needed a reminder that the regular season had begun, there was Drew Doughty, standing and screaming at Matthew Tkachuk in the penalty box during the third period of a tied divisional game that feature... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 8

There’s plenty to say about the Kings’ newer and young players passing a good early season test at the Shark Tank, but the smoldering aftermath of Saturday’s win told of a more familiar attack driven by Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty and backed decisively by Jonathan Quick.... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 6

As minutes ticked off the clock in the third period Thursday night and the Kings were forced to kill a pair of late Flyers power plays, the importance of the final six or seven minutes became clear and present. This was a game the Kings had to get two points out of. It was an even game, backed by ex... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 10

After what I felt was some diluted content and the occasional vapid editorializing in last year’s WUWTKs, I wasn’t sure if I would bring the column back this year or try and replace it with something BRAND NEW AND BETTER. In the end, I’m glad I chose to keep the column, and look forward to continuin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 7

After a competitive 20 minutes, the Kings showed little fight in surrendering three second period goals during a 4-1 loss to the Flames Thursday night at Staples Center. For the final 40 minutes there wasn’t much to suggest that the team was doing much more than going through the standard, late-seas... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 5

The Los Angeles Kings remained committed to their game plan in a 6-4 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers, turning a first period in which they were able to generate quality scoring chances (though not a surplus in shots on goal) into actual scoring, putting five past Cam Talbot before sealing the ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 3

Sealing a fate made all but inevitable with back-to-back losses to St. Louis and Arizona two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Kings’ regulation loss to the Coyotes Sunday night at Staples Center was decided over a 9:42 stretch of play that bridged the first and second periods. Over that span, between Trev... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 1

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A hockey team grinds out a strong performance with a sturdy compete level, wins the scoring chance and shots on goal battle and narrowly loses a low-scoring game as a heavily worked goaltender stands on his head. In the inverse of what seems like Every Single Kin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 30

“I think people pay to see emotion, too. It’s good to see that once in a while,” Darryl Sutter said after Wednesday’s 4-1 Kings win at Calgary. “It might be, quite honest, what maybe has been lacking in our team.” It’s probably one of several things that have been lacking in the Kings’ play in the c... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 29

It’s such a broken record at this point, but if you’re going to find a game that’s the appropriate archetype of the 2017 portion of the Kings’ 2016-17 season, it’s Tuesday’s game in Edmonton. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Los Angeles played a really solid road game against a quality opponent ... Read More

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