Eric Staal waits for the puck drop.(Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Quarter-pole Win for Kings

Carolina came into LA Thursday night eighth in the East’s wildcard race. That means they were way out of the playoffs. And they didn’t have the excuse of having games in hand. They just haven’t won much t...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save with his glove

Kings All Fugued Up

Every year about this time, the Kings experience what psychiatrists would call a “fugue,” which is a time when someone suffers from loss of memory, begins a new life, and when she or he recovers, doesn’t ...
Jason LaBarbera

Jason Labarbera: Clutch NHL Performer?

ANAHEIM, CA -- In 11 seasons of NHL hockey, Anaheim Ducks' third string goaltender Jason Labarbera hasn't played in very many pivotal nationally televised games, but on Wednesday night at the Honda Center, he d...
LA Kings Goaltender Martin Jones .(Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Kings Need McSomething

I’m going to steal a joke from my friend Dennis Bernstein, writer for www.thefourthperiod.com, who said on twitter that the way the Kings are going, signing defensemen, their next one will be McFlurry. That...
Vancouver Canucks Left Wing Daniel Sedin. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Canucks Lack Nothing

Sunday night, the Anaheim Ducks looked to put a whumping on the Canucks something like the Kings had done 23 hours prior, when they’d beaten them 5-1 and chased Ryan Miller from the crease after two periods. ...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32), Left Wing Dwight King (#74) and Defenseman Alec Martinez (#27) of the Los Angeles Kings watch the airborne puck

Vancouver Magic Goes Poof!

You know that saying, “Fifty is the new forty”? How about “red is the new black?” What about “Vancouver is the new Toronto”? In hockey terms, that’s just what’s happening. Here’s what I mean. ...
A New York Islanders fan holds a sign in support of his team as Anders Lee walks to the dressing room. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Shifting To and Fro

Can the LA Kings score goals? Not exactly. In their last six games, they’ve notched totals of 2-0-2-2-3-1. Can they score goals with Marian Gaborik in their lineup? Better question. But still, the answer’s ...
Buffalo Sabres Tyler Ennis. (Brandon Titus/Inside Hockey)

Sabres Buffaloed by Lack of Results

You would really think, looking at the Buffalo Sabres roster, that the average age was about 34. Why’s that? Because the names have been so familiar for so long. Try Gionta, Gorges, Moulson, Meszaros, Stewart...
Jonathan Quick

How (Not) to Win a Hockey Game

The Minnesota Wild are frustrated. They have to be. They went to Anaheim Friday night having had a five-day layoff and lost a close 2-1 game, a game in which only a turnover in the late going gave the Ducks, in...