West Coast Intrigue

The Kings and Ducks are in playoff races, with the latter being much more assured that all will end well than the former. Sunday night, they played each other. Several stories competed for attention while the t...

Figuring Out OT

Tampa Bay played Monday afternoon in LA. They faced what they, and every other team, described as a “big, tough, skating” Kings squad, and they won, 2-1. It was a decent performance against a team that may be b...

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 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....

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...

Battening Down the Hatches

It’s definitely a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full being an Anaheim Ducks fan right now. On the one hand, they’ve had a historically bad start, though it’s hardly sensible to talk about starting when the NHL s...

Lesser Lights Dominate for Ducks

The Ducks played Nashville late Sunday afternoon to determine which team would pull ahead of the other in what had been earlier in the day a four-way tie for the top spot in the NHL. The other two clubs knotted...