Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry prepares for a first period fa

Even Santa Couldn’t Have Known This

Stop paying attention for a couple of weeks and what happens? The team that looked to be on the brink of firing its coach and declaring its latest rebuild a bust ends up challenging for the Pacific Division lea...
Jonathan Quick (LA - 32) durings warmups.

Heck of a Rebound

The Kings and Colorado faced off in LA on Wednesday night—weird for the LA team but necessary to be on US national TV—and this gave IH a chance to reflect on a couple of things. First, the Avs seem lost in a...
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) during a NHL game on November 19th, 2015. (Brian Fluharty/ Inside Hockey)

Not Always 3-2

The Kings have once again shifted their lines around, but it’s more a matter of maximizing what they have than punishing anyone. After all, the team has won two games (coming into Thursday, when the Wild came t...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save with his glove

Kings Hold off Ducks

Ducks fans aren’t typically an incredibly noisy bunch. That’s not a knock. They just like to enjoy their hockey with a little bit of a demure demeanor. But when the Kings come to town, look out. Take Sunday nig...
Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar prepares for a faceoff du

Kings Sign Kopitar, Collapse

The big news in LA, the news that trumps all other news: we finally have a football team. Wait. This is Inside Hockey, so you probably don’t care about that. Me neither. No, it was this: number 11 is now and...
Center Jason Spezza (#90) of the Dallas Stars skates towards the blue line

Ducks’ Outburst Continues

The Ducks exploded for three goals in a few minutes near the end of their Wednesday game to beat Ottawa. The explosion continued on Friday with the high-scoring (and high-goal-allowing) Dallas Stars on the firs...
Anaheim Ducks shoulder patch on a player's jersey

Benched and (Almost) Redeemed

The Ducks have five fewer points that the Ottawa Senators, but they sit one spot in their division higher than the Sens sit in theirs. Ottawa was 6th in the Atlantic with 46 coming into Wednesday. The Ducks wer...
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg skates past Anaheim

Mishmash Defense

The Ducks have three issues on defense. Cam Fowler is out. Simon Despres is just back from concussion, skating but not playing yet. And Stoner is back, but he’s been off for three games with a lower body injury...
Center Vincent Lecavalier (#40) of the Philadelphia Flyers blasts a shot

New Dudes Contribute

I don’t know what Dean Lombardi got for Christmas, but it’s the time for new toys, so it’s perhaps not surprising that in the week after New Years’, he unwrapped a couple of good ones called Vincent Lecavalier ...
Center Sidney Crosby (#87) of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Magic Alright

There was magic in the Pittsburgh offense versus LA Saturday afternoon, but two things made it fail: not enough of it, and a goalie in Jonathan Quick who was better than the shooters the Penguins offered. Wi...