Waking up with the Kings

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Waking up with the Kings: April 10

Well, the Kings certainly don’t make it easy on themselves. Not that one shootout goal has a real impact on the postseason outlook, but narratively, Saturday night’s season-ending loss underscores the silent if understood development that while the team did ultimately post an outstanding regular sea... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 8

There weren’t many passengers at all in the Kings’ 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, a tight-checking, systems-aligned win in which Los Angeles received contributions from up and down the lineup and emerged in a familiarly narrow game against Anaheim in which the outcome was decided by one goal fo... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 6

As soon as Jhonas Enroth misplayed a puck behind the net and Mikael Backlund called bank off Anze Kopitar’s skate, we knew we were going to be in for a weird one at the Saddledome on Tuesday night. Generally final-minute, game-tying goals followed by overtime game-winners elicit strong emotion from ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 5

Several abbreviated thoughts from Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks: -One reason why the Kings weren’t able to pocket two points on Monday stemmed from their inability to grab a two-goal lead when controlling play early in the first period. Los Angeles was all over Vancouver for the firs... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 3

Wins and losses are never 100% influenced by any sole, determining reason, and while the officiating was poor on Saturday, the bigger issue against Los Angeles’ favor was that the Dallas Stars implemented their will in the offensive zone, operated with a clear possession advantage, effectively got b... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: April 1

On Wednesday night, the Calgary Flames yielded eight goals to the Anaheim Ducks in a lopsided loss that was more or less decided early in the first period, when Anaheim led 3-0. It was clear, in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s game, that Los Angeles’ roadmap to victory on Thursday would take ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 29

The effort and battle components were front and center in Los Angeles’ 5-2 loss to San Jose on Monday night, but, unfortunately, so were a handful of mistakes as an excellent, playoff-like hockey game devolved into a third period home team romp in L.A.’s fourth regulation loss in five games. Several... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 27

It was a fitting inverse to the end of the road trip: Instead of stringing together strong performances and losing, the Kings picked up two points in a game in which they weren’t at their best by virtue of a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Even if it’s not always whether you win or lose – it’s... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 25

Several abbreviated thoughts from Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets: -There’s never any one reason why a team wins or loses any game, but Darryl Sutter pretty much nailed it when he cited a vital factor after the game, and it was something discussed during last night’s post-game show. The ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 23

What else is there to say? The Kings dominated the run of play, had the better looks with the man advantage and tilted the ice for the entire 60 minutes and lost 2-1 Tuesday night in St. Paul. That the team was without several key offensive cogs probably had an impact in the narrow loss, but if the ... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 22

Several abbreviated thoughts on the Kings’ 5-2 loss in Nashville: -After a conservative, chess match-like first period in which the Predators had the edge in scoring chances but the Kings took more shots on goal, a three-goal second period outburst turned Monday night’s game into a boat race, eve... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 18

The Rangers holding a two-goal Staples Center lead before settling for overtime? What could go wrong? In a carbon copy script from a 2014 Stanley Cup Final game – there was an even a non-call on potential goaltender interference! – the Kings, the better team for the much longer stretches on Thursday... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: March 16

The Los Angeles Kings are Trying To Be A Playoff Team, and with back-to-back wins over the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars early this week, took a sizable step in doing so while bolding and underlining a statement-like pair of wins. Milan Lucic and Luke Schenn spoke about measuring stick-type ga... Read More