Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Kings Have Found The Formula For Road Success

In the NHL, winning games on the road is a hard thing to do, and winning games on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is an even harder feat. With a 9-0 record on the road this postseason, the Los Angeles Kings seem to have gotten winning on the road down to a science.

When the Kings are on the road, they do the most important thing successfully, they take the home crowd out of the game. Once the crowd is neutralized, home ice advantage is practically none existent. The best way to take the wind out of the opponent's building is to score first, which the Kings have done in five of their nine away contests.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Video: Kopitar Gives The Kings A 1-0 Series Lead

The Los Angeles Kings grabbed a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals thanks to a breakaway goal by Anze Kopitar. The Kings improved to an unprecedented 9-0 on the road during the playoffs, and 3-0 in overtime play.

After they broke out of their zone just over eight minutes into the extra frame, Justin Williams was able to get the puck off the side boards and to a streaking Kopitar. Kopitar gained control of the puck and deked around Martin Brodeur giving the Kings the victory.

It was Kopitar's seventh goal of the playoffs and his 16th point. Game two of the series is Saturday.

Lidstrom Presser Is Not A Good Sign

Earlier today it was announced that the Detroit Red Wings will be having a press conference tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena, where General Manager, Ken Holland, and Nick Lidstrom will speak.

At the conclusion of last season Lidstrom had considered retirement, only to announce that he would return for another season and sign a one year contract with the Red Wings. Lidstrom made this announcement via conference call and not a press conference, uh-oh.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Stanley Cup Finals Preview

#8 Los Angeles Kings vs. #6 New Jersey Devils

The Lead Up:
The dust has settled and only two teams remain in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings have emerged from the Western Conference and the New Jersey Devils have earned the right to represent the Eastern Conference in this year's finals.

The two teams that earned the right to play for Lord Stanley's Cup were not the regular season's top two teams but clicked at the right time and did not look back once they started rolling.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Why Dustin Brown Should Win The Conn Smythe Trophy

It is that time of the post season, where the final two teams are resting up, coaches and management are going over their rosters and finding ways to squeeze every drop of potential out of their team and hockey writers and blogs are littering the world wide web with their Conn Smythe Trophy predictions and front-runners.

Well here is the Sin Bin's nomination, Dustin Brown, and why he should be on the top of everyone's Conn Smythe list. This is not my Kings bias coming out by the way.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Can Brodeur And The Devils Keep The Cup Out Of Southern California, Again?

Last night, the New Jersey Devils qualified for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, when they beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2. This is the first time in ten years that the Devils have qualified for the Cup Finals, and things have a very similar feel.

The Devils will face an opponent from Southern California who will be trying to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. In 2003, the last time the Devils made the finals, the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were the Cinderella story and trying to bring the Cup to the West Coast for the first time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Video: Kronwall Punishes Saulietis

Sweden finished Preliminary Round play at the World Championships with a 4-0 win over Latvia, and finished the round with six wins and second in their pool behind Russia. During the second period of the Swede's game against Latvia, Swedish defense-man, Niklas Kronwall, unleashed his token hip/back/shoulder check along the boards on Kaspars Saulietis.

The hit is very similar to the hit that Kronwall unleashed on Jakub Voracek during the NHL season, and I'm sure Voracek cringed a little when he saw this hit.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Which Players Deserve A Stanley Cup Ring The Most?

There are four teams remaining in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. However, only one team will be able to hoist the Cup and get their rings and names etched on hockey's Holy Grail. At this point in the playoffs each team believes they deserve that right, and the team that actually endures the marathon that is the NHL playoffs will have earned that right.

However, on each roster their is one player that may deserve to lift the Cup more than others. That guy, when he lifts the Cup it just feels right, and most people even fans of another team will see that moment as something rightfully due.

Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers and Ilya Kovalchuk are those guys.

The Kings' Offense Starts With Their Defense

Last night, the Los Angeles Kings jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the Phoenix Coyotes. In doing so, the Kings improved to an astonishing 6-0 on the road, and 9-1 overall during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings have had a stellar defense all season long and now seem to be clicking on the offensive side of the puck.

The offensive wheels have started turning for the Kings and the players starting that offense are those that try to keep other teams from generating it. The Kings' defense have been moving the puck with precision and confidence through the playoffs, with Drew Doughty possibly doing it the best.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Eastern Conference Finals Preview

#1 New York Rangers vs. #6 New Jersey Devils
Regular Season Series: Tied 3-3

The Lead Up:
The Eastern Conference has come down to the number one seeded New York Rangers and the number six seeded New Jersey Devils. Of the two Conference finals this match up will be the most heated. The teams met six times during the regular season, in games that included line brawls, overtimes, and heated head coaches that hostility is sure to carry over.

Western Conference Finals Preview

#3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #8 Los Angeles Kings
Regular Season Series: Tied 3-3

The Lead Up:
The Western Conference Finals will be an All-Pacific affair with the Los Angels Kings battling the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes and Kings were not expected to make it this deep in the playoffs, and to the surprise of many have made it to this point in dominating fashion.

The Kings have eliminated the West's top two seeds in the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues in just nine games, including a four game sweep of the Blues. In doing so, the Kings have gone a perfect 5-0 on the road and 4-1 at Staples Center.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Stanley Cup Playoffs' Third Round Match Ups

The Stanley Cup Playoffs has its final four! The Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes will battle it out for the rights to represent the Western Conference while the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will face off to represent the Eastern Conference in the final dance.

The Kings made quick work of the St. Louis Blues eliminating them in just four games and the Coyotes finished off the Nashville Predators in five games. The Eastern Conference took a little longer to settle who would advance. The Devils advanced after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. While the Rangers went to a decisive games seven with the Washington Capitals before advancing.

Nonetheless the final four has been set and here is a quick look at each series.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Kings Can Erase The Loss Of The Pacific Division

It was the last day of the regular season, the Los Angeles Kings had just lost to the San Jose Sharks in overtime and solidified their spot as the Western Conference's number eight seed going into the playoffs. The loss also cemented the Phoenix Coyotes as the winners of the Pacific Division.

The Kings and Kings faithful were stunned.

Now, just over two months and eight wins later the hockey gods have spoken and the Kings and Coyotes will meet with a little more than just a Division Title on the line.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Will Early Start Time Hurt The Kings?

The Los Angeles Kings had never held a 3-0 series lead before this season. They now have held 3-0 series leads in both rounds of this year's playoffs. The Kings will have the opportunity to eliminate the St. Louis Blues in the fourth game of their series tomorrow afternoon.

However, one factor about tomorrow's game may hinder the Kings' probability of sweeping the West's number two seed.  Rather than puck drop being at the usuall 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. start time, the Kings will have a rare noon start time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Are The Kings And Coyotes On A Collision Course?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing. Since the puck dropped nearly a month ago, there has been big plays, controversial calls and and upsets galore. The biggest surprise at this point of the playoffs has to be the play of the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.

Both teams have done their share of spoiling the hopes of usual Stanley Cup big guns. In the first round, the Kings disposed of the number one seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games, and the Coyotes handled the Chicago Blackhawks in a thrilling six game series.

Many questioned if the two teams could carry over their successes into the second round. Those critiques have gotten their answer. Both the Kings and Coyotes now hold 2-0 series leads over the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators respectively, and have looked good in doing so.