Kings 1 – Tampa Bay 3.

Hey, one positive of last night was that, broken down by periods, we won one. I think the team, if the playoffs are out, needs to approach every period as a game within itself. It helps keep everyone in the game if the score of the GAME is ignored in favor of playing every minute as though it matters.

I don’t think there’s always a place for this mentality, but when a team is struggling in hockey maybe its the best approach to take.

I mean, last night Quick came in and played really well.  No goals in 2 periods.

Our defenders didn’t cost us any goals, though they did make some errors.

OVer periods 2 and 3, we actually won the game.

I think our last 2 losses are hallmarks of a young team and if anyone is panicking its Murray.

F the playoffs and just try to get better incrementally.

Set the lines in the most balanced way you can, and let the guys go for 5 or 7 games. Let them be upset with themselves for the mistakes. Create lines where the skills complement each other…

Let them be uspet with themselves if they make mistakes.

Let them be uspet with themselves if they make mistakes.

But, make Matt Greene write

“I will not skate the puck out of the zone by myself and ruin the game for my teamates who are working their asses off”

1,000 times.

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Settling the dust from the WJC’s

After a fun and controversial couple weeks of talking and watching the World Junior Championships from Ottawa its time to let the dust settle and think back with a more rational, and maybe less biased, view.

I’d first like to tab a player I like a lot but who I haven’t heard much about – Radko Gudaj.  My ‘looks’ at him were few, but when I was able to see this kid compete I was highly impressed.  He was blocking shots, playing tough, and making the smart play most of the time.  I don’t know where he’s currently ranked for the upcoming draft, but I think he seems like a good utilitarian defenseman who could be a “franchise asset” to a club for a long time.  I would imagine that a comparison to Karlis Skrastins, currently with Florida, would be a fair one.  Who knows, maybe he’s not on anyone’s radar, but I’ll be watching to see where he goes in June. Continue reading

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Time For A Quick Fix…

Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar appear set to be reunited.  According to Rich Hammond’s interview with Anze Kopitar the two have not skated together on the same line since Anze first came to Los Angeles over 2 years ago.  I’m hoping that these two possession players can form some chemistry, but I’d prefer to see them paired alongside a player like Dustin Brown with an impetus for him to shoot.  The Kings are stuck in the goal-scoring dulldroms and are 5th from bottom of the league in Goals For-Average with a 2.42:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/stats/byteam?cat=oppteamstats&sort=443

They lead only Minnesota, Nashville, Tampa, and the Isles, in descending order.  

I think the Kings have an opportunity to win every game but its frustrating to watch a team that NEVER seems to be able to manufacture a goal when it needs one.  I can understand struggling at 5 on 5, but the Kings have spurned many late-game power-plays and even some fairly long 5 on 3’s.  

I’m praying that if the scoring continues to go missing that players like Frolov and Kopitar won’t be ejected from L.A. to go score goals elsewhere – just as I’m hoping that Murray’s misuse of Brian Boyle won’t lead him out of L.A. before he gets the chance to succeed.  Lauri Tukonen never got that chance and was dealt for Clune, who I have yet to see play, but was not the most sought after asset in hockey.

We’ll see what happens but it would be a shame to waste the strong play in net by both Jon Quick and Eric “bergie” Ersberg.  Both netminders have played their part in keeping the puck out of L.A.’s net, but haven’t seen many pucks going the other way and into the ol’ onion bag across the ice.  

I dare say the Kings are impotent.

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Great Western Forum vs. Staples Center

Where are you going, where have you been?

The Forum is no longer great.  The Great Western naming rights bought in 1988 expired in 2003 and the company that named it has ceased to be.   Continue reading

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Kings Quacked…

The Kings got pinned to the floor by the Ducks last night in a VERY boring affair that ended 1-3.  Eric “Bergie” Ersberg got the start to successfully work his way back after suffering a mid December groin-strain.  The Kings in front of Bergie, however, appeared to be the ones with the “Balls” problem.  Of course they’re being lead by the balls on offense by coach Terry Murray who doesn’t have the Ducks team in purple that he truly desires. Continue reading

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Game Blog – Canada/Sweden

warning;  the host is very biased against…uh, you’ll know.

In a few hours we’ll know who are champions.

Will it be Sweden, will it be Canada.  

I’m no fool, so I’ve got money on Canada.  How could they not have brought the dough to pay for the final, too?  hee hee.

Just Kidding, I didn’t place a bet.  But I’m thinking… Continue reading

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Coach’s contribution…

I’m posting the bulk of a comment by coach here because he’s alerted me to a tournament I’m not familiar with:

Im not sure if you know yet, but your US u-17 team won bronze today against Canada-West in the World under 17 hockey challenge. Continue reading

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