Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings controls the puck during the first period

Angry All Summer

It wasn’t just a slow start. It was practically no start at all that the LA Kings got off to on Friday night with their season on the line. The reasons? The non-conspiracy types might have said that it was the ...
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Assessing the Jets

Assessing a team’s performance is difficult based on a small sample. You might not be seeing their best on a given night. You might be uninformed about the larger picture regarding what they’re trying to do, se...
Goalie Kari Lehtonen (#32) of the Dallas Stars

Great Playoff Preparation

Dallas is a bit of a scrappy team. They hack at the other side’s goalie. They aren’t afraid to get in his face, even knock him down. That was evident from early on in the Saturday afternoon tilt of the Stars an...
Connor McDavid (EDM - 97) during warmups.

What’s a WonderCon?

WonderCon. It’s like ComicCon, but not held in San Diego. If that makes sense to you, you probably have a Wonder Woman or Batman costume in your closet. Leave it there. This is about hockey. So why mention i...
Goalie Keith Kinkaid (#1) of the New Jersey Devils during the third period

Kinkaid Chills Kings

The LA Kings should have been energized entering their Saturday evening game against New Jersey. The Devils aren’t playing all that well, sitting seventh in their conference and fifth in the East’s wildcard rac...
Max Pacioretty

Hey, Equipment Gods!

The Habs actually held the Ducks close on Wednesday before losing in the shootout, and then they got in a bus, got on the 5, and landed in LA. There, they scratched a guy (Sven Andrighetto) and swapped a goalie...
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...
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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 ...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save with his glove

Sharks Quicker to Quick

No miracles were forthcoming for LA on Wednesday night as they took a dispiriting loss to an energetic San Jose team to open the season. 5-1 was the final, and the numbers did no favors to LA. Twenty shots, tho...
Left Wing R.J. Umberger (#18) of the Philadelphia Flyers gets a step on Defenseman Andrej Sekera (#4) of the Carolina Hurricanes

Big on Defense

What’ new in LALALand? The Kings traded away a first-round pick (if they make the playoffs this year) and a prospect (Roland McKeown) for a defenseman to shore up a blueline weakened by suspension (Voynov) and ...