Are the Kings going to be able to avoid a buyout penalty due to a "material breach"?
After Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, and Jeff Carter willed the Kings to a 5-4 lead, Dwight King sealed the deal. Pure sniper.
Darryl Sutter mentioned today that Alec Martinez might get a look at left wing. Thoughts? Plus, Sutter shuffles the lines again, and this time, he might keep them that way.
After watching two dreary periods and one awful one, I took requests for tonight's recap. Vent with us in the comments. Chime in with your Twelve Goats of the Game!
NBC's "Regional hockey coverage" plan ended when the CHI/LAK broadcast suddenly switched to Flyers/Penguins in the third period. That meant most of the country couldn't watch the game. Then the live stream went. Sorry about that watch party, guys!
Look. Some of us pay to watch hockey. One of the things we require is that all of the rules are disclosed. Even my seven year-old knows you can't play a game if you don't know the rules. Even my seven year-old knows that the kid who keeps pulling secret rules out of his [hat?] is a cheater or a bully or both.
Unless you think the culture of hockey has changed overnight, teams are going to use every strategic advantage the rules provide. And in that context, The unintended consequence of the new protocol is likely to be a substantial increase in head-shots.
In the last quarter century, the Kings have only gone 12-19-1 in seasons that are disasters. They don't do it in seasons where everything turns out all right in the end. 1996 was the end of the Gretzky era. 2003 was the first of seven playoff-free seasons. What's happening now doesn't happen to Kings teams on the way up, but on the way down.
You have an infection in your foot; you don't want to lose your foot; you assume that antibiotics and other treatments will save your foot, because that frequently happens to feet; but there is a point beyond which you have to amputate the foot, no matter how attached you are to it, no matter the plans you made that depended on having feet. The foot is the season.