Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 21

Without the services of a number of key players, the Los Angeles Kings stuck to their tried and true style of play and emerged from Orange County with an emotional and gutsy 3-2 win that rode the Jeff Carter line for the first 40 minutes and Peter Budaj for the final 20 against an opponent both flat... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 20

Amongst the teams that play with excellent structure, there are three – New Jersey, Minnesota and Los Angeles – that, when facing one another, tend to avoid any sort of gripping, chance-tradey theatre of offense. These games are often tight-checking, closer-to-the-vest affairs, and in a 1:00 p.m. no... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 18

Darryl Sutter noted on Thursday that the team needed goals, not just scoring chances. “You’ve got to go past saying, ‘I’ve got the chances,’ or ‘I’ve got the shots,’ or ‘I’m getting them,’” he said. “You’ve got to say, ‘me and the goalie, the puck’s got to go behind the goalie.’ (His best line was a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 16

Darryl Sutter has repeatedly said that the Kings are not using their injuries as an excuse, and there’s a good reason for that. Any type of acknowledgement of the impact of injuries on the team’s standing by the head coach could vindicate the strain of failing to collect two points and make certain ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 11

Montreal is an interesting team. (They’re also probably a very good team, given that they’ve won 12 of 14 games for the first time in their 99-year history, and employ a 9-0-0 netminder who is the best goalie in the world at the moment.) But looking at that team, I don’t see a ton of difference betw... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 9

It sometimes becomes vogue on this blog, admittedly, to reference variables in travel and the 82-game schedule that don’t stack up in the team’s favor; losing hours when traveling east for a back-to-back would probably be the chief grievance. But through no decision of the schedule-makers, the Los A... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 4

There are superstars on the ice when the Kings face the Penguins – Hello, Mr. Crosby, Mr. Malkin, Mr. Doughty, Mr. Kopitar – and yet it was the 26-year-old seventh round draft pick who once played NAHL hockey with the Wenatchee Wild who scored a skilled game-winner against the defending champions. N... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 2

Not a bevy of positives, Insiders, but it’s a long season. Things are never as bleak as they appear, and the high times are never as stratospheric as they may seem, but when a team goes three straight games without a goal for the first time in 47 years, there’s a historic precedent of offensive inep... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 31

The Los Angeles Kings, who entered the year with questions about depth up front and on the back end, lost Andy Andreoff on Sunday night – the third player lost to injury in the span of nine days and the sixth player targeted for the opening night roster to have suffered an injury this fall – during ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 30

The Kings-Blues rivalry is an interesting one, and we’ve been through enough games between the teams to know that a scoreless tie through two periods is generally good news for Los Angeles. (Including playoffs, the teams have played four 1-0 games since March 22, 2012, and last night’s was the first... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 28

Not a bad hockey game, that. October games outside the division sometimes take a little while to heat up, but once Thursday night’s game got going, there was some interesting early-season drama with a touch of raised emotion. Nashville was going to come out looking to make amends after its 6-1 defea... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 26

Since the implementation of three-on-three overtime, the Kings have won 14 of 17 games decided in the extra session. There are reasons behind this. First, there’s a tremendous base of talent. When the Kings can trot out Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter as a top unit, and then the excellent... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 23

The opportunistic 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks nearly very nearly won despite never having led in regulation for the fourth time in five games, and perhaps there seemed to be faint and ominous overtones when it became clear the visitors’ comeback from three goals down would be decided in a shootout, bu... Read More