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Old 01-11-2015, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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19-13-10 (48 points) the record in the final wildcard spot with Calgary (47 points) nipping at their heals. Not looking so good this year. Quick has been mainly average, can't score, get down early, only to come back and lose late (last Saturday trailed 5-1 vs. Nashville and 6-3 with 2 minutes to go, forced overtime but lost; tonight got in a 3-0 hole as Winnipeg scored 3 goals on their first 5 shots, Kings scored the next 4 goals before the Jets tied it late and won in a shootout). That 70's line took a hard hit tonight as Tyler Toffoli got diagnosed with mono before the game and Tanner Pearson suffered a horrific looking leg injury. Early reports say it's a broken leg/ankle. Still have a ways to go and if they can make the playoffs that's when they do damage but have to start scoring some goals early and often, can't keep digging ourselves out of big holes. And this looks like it can become a Devils of 2013/14: They have 10 overtime/shootout losses (4 in OT, 6 in shootouts), so if not for that losers point they are completely buried but have to start taking 2 points in these games moving forward. Next in action Monday evening as they take on a struggling Leafs team that just fired their head coach.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:03 AM
 
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Thing about the recent King teams.. it doesn't seem to matter how they play during the regular season.. as long as they can get into the playoffs, they're viable.
They remind me of the Tom Coughlin' Giants. If they can get into the postseason, they come to life, they're aggressive, and play to their full potential (and more). The West is strong (& treacherous) again, we'll see ~
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:43 PM
 
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Martin Jones got the start for Quick and shut out the Leafs 2-0. Got a goal in the first minute of the 1st and scored the second on an empty netter in the last minute. The other 58 minutes were 0's from both teams. 7 game home stand continues Wednesday night vs. New Jersey.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:23 AM
 
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I think that the Kings will be fine, after the all star break, they will most likely get down to business. They (meaning their core players) have played A LOT of hockey in the last few years, including 6 players who went to the Olympics. Even counting the lockout, they have played a lot of hockey.

Quick has looked pretty average, but even the best goalies are prone to going cold occasionally. Look at Rask, he's looked pretty human this year.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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Kings lose to the Devils 5-3.

Martin Jones got the start in net once again for the Kings. Both teams traded goals to start (Devils in the 1st, Dustin Brown tied it up a little into the second) and from there Devils scored 3 goals in the span of about 68 seconds (2 on Jones, the 3rd was on Quick who replaced Jones after the 3rd Devils goal). Devils would add 1 more on Quick (who only had 3 saves on 5 shot attempts) before the period was up to go up 5-1 into the 4th. Jones replaced Quick to begin the 3rd and even though the Kings got 2 goals in the 3rd, the margin was too big to overcome this time. Area rival the Anaheim Ducks come in on Sunday night as the Kings fall to 1-2-2 on this 7 game home stand.
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:06 AM
 
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Kings lose in the shootout to the Ducks 3-2. 3 of the 4 regulation goals were in the 2nd period which saw the Kings ended with a 2-1 lead. Team just cannot win after regulation, but at least we are piling up the "losers point" which is at least keeping us afloat. When we won the cup for the first time in 2012 we wouldn't had even made the playoffs that year if not for the losers point, but have to start taking 2 points in some of these games. They are 2-11 in overtimes/shootouts, 1-7 in shootouts, haven't scored a shootout goal in the last 22 attempts and have only scored 2 shootout goals all season, 1 of which gave them their only shootout win of the year (October 16 vs. St. Louis). Calgary won in San Jose rallying after blowing a 2-0 first period lead and have now tied the Kings for the final Wildcard spot in the West. Kings fall to 1-2-3 on the season high 7 game home stand and end it Monday night at home against those Flames. Really need to get the win that game.
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Old 01-20-2015, 02:38 PM
 
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Lost ANOTHER game in OT 2-1 vs. the Flames. This is starting to become a bit ridiculous. 0-0 after 2 periods of play; Matt Greene scored first for the Kings in the 3rd before Calgary tied it up late. Kings appeared safe and headed for another SO when a Calgary shot on goal attempt hit the crossbar, but they reviewed it, and upon review the puck did sneak behind the goal line for the Flames winner. Not that it matters because the team is 0-25 in their last 25 shootout attempts, so they probably lose there anyways. At 1 point in the second period (I think around the 5 minute mark) Kings were outshooting Calgary 26-5, yet the score was still 0-0. Kings end the season high 7 game home stand 1-2-4. Onto San Jose Wednesday night for the final game before the All Star Break.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:48 AM
 
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My beloved Blackhawks are in a state of malaise as well, so I feel for you. They did beat up the Yotes last night, but in general, not playing well. Again, these two teams have played a lot of hockey in the last two-three-four years, and not just regular hockey but Olympic and playoff style hockey where the best players are racking up TOI and taking big hits. Yes, it is their job, but it does add up when a team's core players are playing 4-5-6 weeks more than other team's core players for a couple-few year straight.


Both of these teams need to turn it on in the competitive west after the all star break, because losing a few games in a row can mean dropping out of playoff contention. I do think that the Hawks and the Kings will come around, though.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:08 AM
 
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4-2 loss to the Sharks tonight. Finding new ways to lose games.

Sharks got on top in first to lead 1-0 after 1; each team scored once in the second so it was 2-1 after 2 periods. Sharks scored on the power play, halfway through the 3rd to make it 3-1 and looked like it would put the game away as the Kings had no fight and were atrocious on the PK. Kings get one of the 2 goals back late in the third and after Logan Couture of the Sharks hit the post (on an empty net) from the defensive zone for an icing with 10 seconds left to play, the Kings had 1 final prayer that could be answered: Kings won the faceoff from the left circle, and the point pass to Doughty gets under Doughty's stick to unofficial end the game, Couture picks up the puck, skates down towards the empty net, gets hooked from behind as the shot goes wide right so Couture gets credited with literally a garbage goal as time expired. I think they dropped the ensuing faceoff with like 4 tenths of a second left on the clock. All Star break could NOT be coming at a better team for these guys! Azhi Kopitar, Drew Doughty & Darryl Sutter are going to Columbus for the game, the rest of the team has the rest of the week off to relax and recharge for the second half run, I think they have to report back to LA on Tuesday afternoon. Second half starts with 1 home game against the Blackhawks next Wednesday night before they head East for 1 of the 2 trips they still have to take. This trip takes them to play the Caps, Bruins, Jackets and the 2 Florida teams while they come back to NY in late March to take on the 3 NY area teams Isles, Devils & Rangers.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:35 PM
 
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Since I last posted here they haven't been much better.

First game after the All Star Break, came back to beat the Blackhawks with two, 3rd period goals, but in the 3 games since then have been outscored 10-3 losing 3-1 to Boston, 4-0 to Washington and tonight 3-2 to Florida where they gave up 2 3rd period goals. Final games of this Eastern road trip are in Tampa (Saturday) and Columbus (Monday) before they go home for 3 straight games: vs. the Flames, vs. the Caps & vs. the Lightning. Irregardless of the first Tampa game and the Columbus game I think it's pretty imperative now that they need to go 3-0 on that upcoming home stand, if not it could very well be lights out. Jets (61 points) and Canucks (59 points) are the current wildcard leads and the Kings since the all star break have gotten passed in the Western Conference pecking order by the Avs (55) points and are now tied with the Wild & Stars (54 points) but both teams have the tiebreaker due to having more wins. I know they are known for comebacks, but the season is getting short, they can't play around any longer.
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