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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:30 am    Post subject:

Kings beat Columbus on the road last night to go to 6-0-1 this season!

Great start...

Go Kings Go!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject:

Kings win again on the road, this time at Montreal.

LA Kings 8-1-1 to start the season, 17 points. Fantastic start, Go Kings Go!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:35 pm    Post subject:

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Kings win again on the road, this time at Montreal.

LA Kings 8-1-1 to start the season, 17 points. Fantastic start, Go Kings Go!


I'm still in Dodger mode right now, but I caught some of the game tonight when I was home. Quick looks like he's on a mission. And Kopitar is scoring again and Kempe has picked up the slack from Carter (who wasn't doing much even before his injury). I thought this was going to be a bad year for the Kings, but I would love to be wrong.

And once the World Series is over, my focus goes back to the Kings. Well, and the Lakers. Duh.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject:

Interesting. Michael Amadio has been called up to the Kings due to the center depth after Carter's injury. He's a very intriguing prospect that hopefully will get a good look for the main club. Kings have a few young players on their roster. Hopefully this is the start of a turnaround for the club. They've done really well so far to start the season.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject:

Holy ****! Toffoli just pulled a Derek Fisher. He scored off the faceoff with .9 seconds left on the clock in OT to win it.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject:

That was a crazy goal. If we can keep this up with Carter out, we should be in good shape. Too bad we can't have Sutter back as a guest coach for the playoffs. 😂
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject:

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That was a crazy goal. If we can keep this up with Carter out, we should be in good shape. Too bad we can't have Sutter back as a guest coach for the playoffs. 😂


The players had pretty clearly grown tired of Sutter--rightly or wrongly--and you can't fire the entire team.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:08 am    Post subject:

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That was a crazy goal. If we can keep this up with Carter out, we should be in good shape. Too bad we can't have Sutter back as a guest coach for the playoffs. 😂


The players had pretty clearly grown tired of Sutter--rightly or wrongly--and you can't fire the entire team.


Through the course of an 82 game season, I can see how Sutter's style can be weary and tiresome but in the close confines of a postseason, he's been very adept at scheming and getting our guys able to grind the opposition both physically and mentally.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:13 am    Post subject:

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I don't think there's any question that Sutter is a fantastic hockey coach. I just think the players were done with his demanding style. It once happened for Pat Riley with the Lakers, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject:

The impact of the new salary cap era in sports is very real with the Las Vegas Golden Knights hot start as exhibit A. Their expansion draft was pretty good as they got some real good talent compared to previous expansion teams. They were able to wheel and deal using their cap space to get a ton of future assets. They can become serious contenders in a very short time.

So far Rob Blake as done a great job with the contracts of core players. He's gotten them with very reasonable team and player terms. They're playing extremely well right now and if they can weather Carter's absence, they might look to be real contenders this season.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject:

I'm still surprised at the haul that Colorado got for Matt Duchene. In the salary cap era in all sports it seems getting quantity over quality is the better bet for rebuilding teams. Still, 7 assets? Incredible.

https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/matt-duchene-to-senators-kyle-turris-to-predators-in-three-way-blockbuster-trade/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject:

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I'm still surprised at the haul that Colorado got for Matt Duchene. In the salary cap era in all sports it seems getting quantity over quality is the better bet for rebuilding teams. Still, 7 assets? Incredible.

https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/matt-duchene-to-senators-kyle-turris-to-predators-in-three-way-blockbuster-trade/


Yeah, a lot of reclamation projects. But not bad a haul.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject:

Kings beat Ducks in OT, now 11-2-2 this season!

This team wants back into the playoffs it looks like, already opening up a nice lead in the Pacific Division.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:48 am    Post subject:

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Kings beat Ducks in OT, now 11-2-2 this season!

This team wants back into the playoffs it looks like, already opening up a nice lead in the Pacific Division.


Probably one of the best games of the season early on. It had everything... Kings crawling back down 0-2. Hard hits. 2 disallowed goals. Typical homerism from Hayward. Quick and Perry not getting along. An unlikely overtime winner. So far so good.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:23 pm    Post subject:

A good start. However, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Kings have been hot before only to languish at the finish line.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject:

Cammalleri traded to the Oilers for Jussi Jokinen.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:15 pm    Post subject:

Turned on the game 5 minutes late only to discover I had missed two Kings goals . . . not a bad problem to have.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:32 am    Post subject:

Looks like the team is really starting to miss Carter now.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:26 am    Post subject:

Kings break a 4 game losing streak with a dominant 4-0 win over Florida.

LA Kings now 12-6-2 and still in first place in the Pacific Division despite the recent losing streak.

I am heartened that all the losses were close, the team is competing well this year.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:50 pm    Post subject:

They're competing for the most part despite just awful officiating on goaltender interference calls this season.. If Gaborik comes back and can make an impact, him and Carter's return will help balance out the scoring lines. The rookies will eventually hit a wall. I don't want Rob Blake to give up any top draft picks for quick fixes though. If anything, they need to start figuring out a way to clear salary for Doughty's next contract.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:13 pm    Post subject:

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They're competing for the most part despite just awful officiating on goaltender interference calls this season.. If Gaborik comes back and can make an impact, him and Carter's return will help balance out the scoring lines. The rookies will eventually hit a wall. I don't want Rob Blake to give up any top draft picks for quick fixes though. If anything, they need to start figuring out a way to clear salary for Doughty's next contract.


Blake is not Lombardi. Though I wouldn't mind doing another trade with Columbus.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject:

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They're competing for the most part despite just awful officiating on goaltender interference calls this season.. If Gaborik comes back and can make an impact, him and Carter's return will help balance out the scoring lines. The rookies will eventually hit a wall. I don't want Rob Blake to give up any top draft picks for quick fixes though. If anything, they need to start figuring out a way to clear salary for Doughty's next contract.


Blake is not Lombardi. Though I wouldn't mind doing another trade with Columbus.


Columbus is good now. They're done trading away impact players for minimal returns.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject:

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They're competing for the most part despite just awful officiating on goaltender interference calls this season.. If Gaborik comes back and can make an impact, him and Carter's return will help balance out the scoring lines. The rookies will eventually hit a wall. I don't want Rob Blake to give up any top draft picks for quick fixes though. If anything, they need to start figuring out a way to clear salary for Doughty's next contract.


Blake is not Lombardi. Though I wouldn't mind doing another trade with Columbus.


Columbus is good now. They're done trading away impact players for minimal returns.


Sadly. I wish they can suck again so we can use them as our personal grab bag.
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