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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The view from outside the top eight in the West is new to the Kings this season, and the perspective is distasteful for a team that started well but has fallen far and fast after losing six of seven games.
“It’s not good when you look at the standings and you don’t see yourself in there,” said center Anze Kopitar, whose five-on-three goal in the third period Saturday was the Kings’ only success against Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford in a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks at Staples Center.
“We have to pick it up again and put some points on the board and get going again.”
Stopping the offensive struggles that are a key cause of their freefall must be the priority for the Kings (13-9-0) after their third straight loss dumped them into ninth place in the West. They’ve scored only four goals in their last three games and 16 in the seven-game skid that has undone all the progress they made in the six-game winning streak that preceded it.
With 3 seconds to go in the game, it appeared Smyth tipped in the shot from the point but the referee ruled no goal, stick was above the crossbar.
I believe this is one of those instances where the on-ice officials had the best view of the play and not the review room in Toronto. If the ref had called it a good goal, I can see it standing too, since all the replays did not show enough to over rule the call on the ice.
added 9:38am, Senators broadcast of the non-goal is below…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I wrote a few weeks ago that the Kings were drawing up different contract proposals for Doughty’s camp. Talks, as far as I can tell, still haven’t begun, but one thing I was told Friday is that the Kings at this point are leaning toward a short-term deal instead of the multiyear deals you usually see for these young stars; the reason being that the Kings are weary of the uncertainty of the next CBA. I don’t think you can rule out a long-term deal, because, after all, it all depends on the money, but short term is where the Kings are leaning right now.
more topics, most of which were discussed on The Hot Stove last night…
from Jim Matheson tweet,
don’t laugh off brayden schenn for iginla? Calg dealt nieuwendyk in prime for iggy when iggy 1st-round jr in ‘95 Nieuwy was 29, Iggy 33.
added 11:52pm, A Bob McKenzie tweet,
I am told, and by more than one person who should know, LAK and CGY have not had a single discussion of any sort about Jarome Iginla.
Sharks against the Kings last night.
Ryan Smyth knows he scores but play continues and a shot by the Sharks looks like it could have gone in but play continues and the Sharks finally score a goal that everyone sees.
Play stops, go to review and the Smyth non-goal is reviewed and it is a goal.
Score went from 4-1 Sharks to 3-2 Sharks.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
Don’t look now, but both the Kings and the Ducks have been dominant home teams. It’s shades of being ambushed on the Alberta trail in the ‘80s.
As of this writing, between the two SoCal clubs, they have played 17 home games, with only one regulation loss. They both have very aggressive hard-hitting styles, and have probably been some sort of asset to each other.
Visiting teams going into play games on Interstate 5, are made to play the Ducks and Kings on back-to-back nights 20 times this season. And while, it doesn’t make up for the horrendous travel schedules the two teams have, it truly has become home ice advantage. And while the teams may not admit it publicly, they have really helped each other in the standings.
more hockey topics…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
When asked how he felt about handing the Kings’ five third-period power plays and watching Los Angeles score twice with the man advantage to break a 1-1 tie, Crawford said: “You watch the tape, and all of them aren’t penalties. We already talked to them, and the league told us not to say anything, so we’ll shut up.”
Los Angeles went 2-for-8 on the power play, and Dallas went 0-for-5. Fourteen of the Kings’ 29 shots came when they had the man advantage. And while the Stars had to take blame for chasing the play at times and getting caught for two hooking penalties, they had a problem with some of the boarding and interference calls.
“It’s a guessing game every night,” Stars center Brad Richards said. “You can handle emotion, but when people are going after heads and some of it’s called and some of it’s not, that’s when you get a little confused. The hooking, that’s pretty basic, but some of the other stuff makes you wonder ... if you lay on the ice, if you don’t lay on the ice, I guess there’s lots of ways to draw penalties now.”
from Jill Painter of the LA Daily News,
Truthfully, every King deserves rock-star status. The 10-3-0 Kings, who are second in the NHL in points and first in the Pacific Division, have won four consecutive games and host the Dallas Stars tonight with the promise of playoffs and then some.
“We started this process when we got here, building from the back, building from the draft,” said Dean Lombardi, the Kings’ general manager. “You get younger every year, and the goal is to get better every day. Last year, it started to become seeable. There’s no way anybody is satisfied.
“You can see the progress and now the fans see it. There were fans who stuck with us when we weren’t very good. At least the vision is starting to become reality. But let’s not kid ourselves. Let’s get real. We have a lot more to accomplish. We’re sitting on a lot of potential, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Mark and Mike pile up on Jon for coming clean about not being able to stay up for late games recently but, later, Jon returns fire by taking the show to a very dark, dark place. Aside from Tampa’s recent west coast road trip, the boys discuss the scuttlebutt surrounding Steven Stamkos’ second contract, the Lightning’s recent rash of injuries (including that of Simon Gagne, who remains out) and the weekly end-show segments are, as usual, full of vim and vigor. “Missing the Mark” targets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mike’s “Missed Call of the Week” goes after an officiating staff for their entire body of work in one particular game and Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” has the Hall of Fame induction committee in its crosshairs.
Enjoy. This one’s a doozy…
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via Helene Elliott tweet,
uh-oh: Kings say Mitchell has fractured wrist and will be out 4 to 6 wks, and Ponikarovsky has fractured finger and will miss 4 weeks.
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