Goalie Pekka Rinne (#35) of the Nashville Predators during the warm-ups

Bye, Bye Boudreau

The Anaheim Ducks knew the stats. The ones that suggest that getting off to a slow start in game seven is certain death. They knew their own history, too. The last three years, they’ve blown series wins by losi...
Center Rickard Rakell (#67) of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck during the third period

Ducks Mash Smashville

The Ducks were looking to overcome a disadvantage on Saturday, but not the one you’d think. They were looking to overcome the boost that comes with being at home, which Coach Boudreau said late in the week some...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings controls the puck during the first period

Angry All Summer

It wasn’t just a slow start. It was practically no start at all that the LA Kings got off to on Friday night with their season on the line. The reasons? The non-conspiracy types might have said that it was the ...
Center Colin Wilson (#33) of the Nashville Predators during the second period

Some Penalties OK

The Anaheim Ducks’ coach, Bruce Boudreau, was angry with his team after their loss to Nashville on Sunday night, miffed at the number of undisciplined penalties they had taken. The numbers were telling: six min...
Defenseman Brent Burns (#88) of the San Jose Sharks during the warm-ups

Do You Recognize (an) Offense?

Drew Doughty said a few weeks ago that the Kings know how to play a certain way and can do it consistently since they’ve been at it a long while. What was he talking about? The confident, defensively excellent ...
Goalie Pekka Rinne (#35) of the Nashville Predators

Forecheck? Check!

The stories going into the Nashville-Anaheim series: could the Ducks keep the two Nashville powerhouse D-men, Shea Weber and Roman Josi, off the board? Would their goalie, John Gibson, be better than Nashville’...
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All Too Normal

Most LA Kings fans probably would never believe they could say this, but Thursday night in LA seemed like no big deal, despite the playoffs’ beginning at 7:30pm versus San Jose. I mean, it’s not like the tea...
Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Assessing the Jets

Assessing a team’s performance is difficult based on a small sample. You might not be seeing their best on a given night. You might be uninformed about the larger picture regarding what they’re trying to do, se...
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Just a Little Inconsistent

The Kings were better than the Ducks in period one of their game Monday night at Staples Center. They outshot the Anaheim team 9-5 in the first, a reflection of the fact that they had the puck most of the time....
Goalie John Gibson (#36) of the Anaheim Ducks during the warm-ups

Two Mistakes

Think about this: you play however you want, no defense, score your a$$ off all season long, then with about ten games to go, you switch up to a more defensive style and lock down your playoff fortunes, then go...