Bo Horvat (VAN - 53) sports a poppy for Remembrance Day.

No Big Surprise

What’s up with LA? Not the people, nor the city—the hockey team. Coming into Tuesday, they’ve won two of the last three and gained a point in the other. They lost two before that, but back to mid-November, they...
NHL 2014 - Mar 24 - LAK vs PHI - Center Jeff Carter (#77) of the Los Angeles Kings

Black Saturday for Chicago

Black Friday was good to the Blackhawks. It took Chicago just 1:14 to dismantle the Anaheim Ducks Friday afternoon. That’s the span of time between their two goals, scored late in the going to tie the game at t...
Defenseman Viktor Svedberg (#43) of the Chicago Blackhawks sticks away the puck during the second period

Black Friday After All

The first year you live in California, assuming you move there as an adult, is weird. The calendar says “Thanksgiving,” and people are acting like it’s late November. But you’re driving around with your car’s a...
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Playing with Hot Brain

  Rickard Rakell played on a line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf for the first time in his career on Wednesday night. The former two guys were responsible for two goals and two assists respectively, ...
John Tavares of the New York Islanders.

Enroth Buoys Up Kings

The LA Kings lost at home Tuesday night 3-2, beaten by a veteran who used to play for them, Brad Richardson, but really defeated by what their coach indicated was a soft effort on defense. In fact, he was so di...
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry prepares for a first period fa

Manson Breaks Out

Ketchup bottle. Chain reaction. Turning the corner. Getting their game back. Call it any of those or something else, the people following the Ducks this week have had their faith in their team restored. Somewha...
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Ducks Burst Out

Nashville might have been tired coming into Sunday evening against the Ducks, but hey, they’d played at 1pm Saturday, so it was more than a 24-hour turnaround to Sunday’s 5pm start. And, given the percentages w...
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Toffoli Haunts Predators

For the first week of the season in LA, it looked, in the immortal words of Ernest Thayer, like “there was no joy in Mudville.” Nothing was going right, and the hockey team wasn’t winning. People were starting ...
Left Wing Jason Zucker (#16) of the Minnesota Wild celebrates his eventual game winning goal with 46 seconds left in regulation

Good for the Psyche

For a team that went all the way to within a game of the Stanley Cup finals last spring, the Ducks couldn’t look much less familiar, or a whole lot less skillful, than they do this fall. The lineup is full of n...
Goalie Darcy Kuemper (#35) of the Minnesota Wild rolls on his back to stop the puck

Finally, Points

Everyone else is running away from the LA Kings, with even the Minnesota Wild, not most people’s pick for the Central Division crown prior to the season. Heck, even in numbers, the Kings are lagging nearly ever...