Forget Analysis

Forget analysis. Here’s pure impression about what happened in LA on Monday night with Dallas in town. You decide at the end if what I saw corresponds to your stats-happy, super-fancy way of looking at the game...

Yeah, Yeah, Boudreau’s Back

You’d think Bruce Boudreau won a Cup in Anaheim, so many stories were written about his return to SoCal this week with the Minnesota Wild. They all can be condensed to roughly the same thing: having lost four g...

Just Ho-Hum

Look at the LA Kings’ record over the past six games, and things are pretty ho-hum. Three wins, three losses, including a 4-3 OT victory on Saturday mid-day versus Minnesota. But stretch it back a little fur...

No Plan at All

No particular plan. That’s what Guy Boucher said Saturday that he had going for Sunday with his team having lost to LA and heading down I-5 to Anaheim for Sunday. No plan? They’d had two full days off after win...

Nasty, Ugly, and Entertaining

Nasty. That’s how things started Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Ottawa, by most accounts a rather docile team, came out hard, with Mark Borowiecki slamming Tyler Toffoli into the boards in the LA end and ea...

Know Something About Hockey?

It’s easy to dismiss the Carolina Hurricanes, if you’re looking from out West. They’re from the south. They’ve lost their stars. Their roster, aside from Jeff Skinner, is a gang of nobodies, with the only perso...

No Strategy at All

A week ago it was, “We need to find our identity.” Earlier this week, “Focus on the process.” Friday after losing an afternoon contest in which they went down 3-0 and clawed back to 3-2 before a failed final fl...

Not Necessarily Connected

Your superstar comes back from injury, and what do you do with him? This was actually a bigger problem for the LA Kings on Wednesday night than it might at first have seemed to be. The team had been percolating...

My 500th NHL Game Very Good

The Ducks should have been the rested, and thus faster, team Sunday night with LA in town. Empirically, they’re the faster team anyway, but man, they didn’t look it aginst the Kings. The LA team, by the way, ha...

Hero #30

Sometimes you find things in unlikely places. Like the truth about Rogie Vachon. You could find it in my book, Living the Hockey Dream, or in another one I wrote, Facing Wayne Gretzky. Or you could talk to now-...