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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"Not going to go anywhere with Regehr or Mitchell," said Sutter. "It does me no good to talk about our injured players, just helps the other team."
What we do know is that Regehr and Mitchell are injured -- two-thirds of the left side of L.A.'s defensive corps -- two playoff-savvy veterans who are hard to replace. And that void represents the most obvious difference between this Kings team and the 2012 champs.
Amazingly, Los Angeles used the same six defensemen during their 20-game run to glory in 2012, avoiding a single injury and throwing out the same three pairs night after night. That's certainly not going to be the case this spring, which means the Kings have adversity to overcome if there's another deep playoff run in their near future.
"It's not so much that they've lost high, high-end defensemen, it's what they're putting in,'' an NHL head coach from a Western Conference team told ESPN.co Sunday. "Matt Greene is limited. And whether it's Jeff Schultz or Andrew Campbell going in, either way, they don't trust those guys as much. Where the biggest disadvantage comes for L.A. is that Anaheim will continue to play four lines. So over time it will be become taxing to the Kings' top guys.
from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,
Instead of rally towels, perhaps the Kings should give blood-pressure pills to their fans.
This is an exciting but anxious time to follow the Kings, who led their fans to despair (a 3-0 first-round series deficit against San Jose), then joy (a historic comeback), then did it all over again Saturday night.
The Kings trailed in the waning moments of Game 1 against the Ducks, tied the game with seven seconds remaining in regulation then won it, 3-2, in overtime. Game 2 is Monday night at Honda Center, and the Kings are carving out their niche as the team that won’t go away, or do anything in an easy, simple fashion.
“We always find a way to make it difficult and then find a way to dig ourselves out,” captain Dustin Brown said. “I think that just reassures our belief system in each other.”
The freeway series begins tonight with the puck dropping just after 8:00pm ET.
You can watch the game on NBCSN, TSN or RDS.
I like the Kings winning game one, what about you?
from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,
Their first playoff series, which starts Saturday, is expected to draw a high level of media interest, and if hockey is ever to (permanently) rise above the level of niche sport in this area, now is the time. Could this turn into the golden age of hockey in Southern California?
“You’d have to be under a rock not to hear about this series in some fashion,” said David Carter, the executive director of USC’s Sports Business Institute and a longtime local sports marketing analyst. “These teams have a unique opportunity now, because of the circumstances of the market.”
The climate seems right for the sport to bloom here. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, followed by the Kings in 2012. The Olympics in 2010 and 2014 drew huge television ratings. More than 50,000 fans crammed into Dodger Stadium to watch the Ducks and Kings play an outdoor game in January.
Casual fans, and even non-fans, are being exposed to major hockey events at a more frequent rate than ever before. The question is, how much “stickiness” is there when it comes to these high-profile events?
Those people who catch five minutes of a Kings-Ducks game on TV, will they watch the rest of the series? Buy a jersey? Buy season tickets? Take their kids to a local rink for skating lessons? Or, as soon as football starts in the fall, will hockey return to being a passing fancy in their lives?
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register and the Miami Herald,
He finished talking to the assembled media only after all questions had been exhausted.
Then he met one-on-one with a reporter for 10 minutes.
Then he met with another reporter for five more minutes.
Then he stopped again to briefly address two other reporters, before a third joined the conversation.
Then he answered three questions from a guy recording everything with a cell phone.
And then Bruce Boudreau left....
A short time later and about 30 miles away, Darryl Sutter was asked what's different about defenseman Jake Muzzin today compared to a year ago.
"Experience," Sutter said. And he added absolutely nothing more. Not even a discernible expression....
Gabby vs. Crabby.
“Southern California has been waiting for this matchup for a very long time,it’s finally here. It’s going to be a tough series. Two tough teams with a lot of respect for each other, but, same hand, it’s a lot of competing.”
-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks on their second round series with the Los Angeles Kings. More from Kyle Shohara of the Ducks' website.
After picking the winning team in six of the eight first round series it is time to make predictions for the second round set to face off tonight already as the Montreal Canadiens visit Boston to take on the Bruins at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN, CBC, and RDS
Boston Bruins over Montreal Canadiens in 6
After eliminating the Lightning in four games the Canadiens have at the longest out of any of the second round teams. Boston, predicted by many to be cup favorites, took out the Detroit Red Wings and exposed them as a young team that still needs to smooth out their game before contender status can be given back to those in the Winged Wheel.
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Well what a night that was! Three Game Sevens and now we start the second round later today.
Before the second round starts let’s take a look at how we did predicting the first round.
Huge night for hockey fans out there! Kings, avs and rangers are my picks!— anthony brodeur (@abrodeur30) April 30, 2014
I will put my own predictions up to bat:
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Nick Bonino scored early in OT for the Anaheim Ducks thus advancing them to the second round of the playoffs to meet the San Jose/Los Angeles winner.
Here is the OT goal and check out Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News for post game reaction from both sides.
Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars had his night end midway in the first period last night after receiving five minutes and a game for this spear on Corey Perry. Perry briefly left the game but did return.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Garbutt said the play was careless on his part: “I was coming back to the bench and got careless with my stick. It was definitely something I didn’t want to do.”
The Ducks diagreed.
“It was deliberate,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “It wasn’t an accident, but we know that’s how he plays.”
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