Episode 40: Cannot Get Started

Beginning the 2015-16 NHL season with three losses was not in the plans. Sean consoles a despairing Keith as they recap the first three games of the Kings season, using some patent-pending postgame analysis.

After a thorough recap of the Canucks-Kings games and a skimming of the Sharks and Coyotes games, Keith and Sean walk through their predictions of the 2015-16 season. They review each team in the Pacific Division and the winners of the other divisions. Before they conclude with teams to enjoy following from afar, Robin makes an appearance to brighten everyone’s day.

Forecast: 2015-16 Pacific Division

Before the 2015-16 NHL Season got underway, Sean and Keith went through the irresistible and unrewarding exercise of making predictions. Though this post (and subsequent podcast) was technically uploaded onto the web a few days after the start of the season, we cross our hearts and promise these picks were made before games had begun (Wednesday, October 7).

 

Pacific Division (in order of finish at year’s end)

Sean’s Picks:

  1. Anaheim Ducks (“Because that’s what they do. Bounced in the first round”)
  2. Calgary Flames (“Because they  just might be for real. Or they come in last”)
  3. Los Angeles Kings
  4. Vancouver Canucks (“The last desperate gasp of the Sedin Twins”)
  5. Edmonton Oilers (“McJesus gets a hundred points and their defense lets in 10,000 goals”)
  6. Phoenix Arizona Whatever Coyotes (“The worst team in the league?”)
  7. San Jose Sharks (“Cuz screw those guys”)

 

Keith’s Picks

  1. Ducks (“Let them burn themselves out again winning useless Division banners”)
  2. Kings
  3. Flames (“I’d predict more of a regression if they didn’t make some decent upgrades”)
  4. Sharks (“The new coach will keep them from being irrelevant but not good enough for the playoffs)
  5. Oilers (“They can’t be any worse, will likely be way better, but still won’t place in the top half”)
  6. Canucks (“Only Arizona is there to cushion their fall”)
  7. Coyotes (“Miffed that they whiffed on the McDavid-Eichel sweepstakes, they’re tanking hard now”)

 

Read ’em and weep. Because they’re both going to be nowhere near correct when the season ends.

Episode 39: Previewing the 2015-16 Kings

Seanny-hockey on the spot! We cut in (podcast)live to L.A. correspondent Sean to get the latest scoop on the Kings just before they begin the 2015-16 season.

After catching up on the mirthless news regarding Slava Voynov and Mike Richards, Keith and Sean dive into the on-ice excitement that is the Kings preseason. Like… injuries to starting defensemen Muzzin and Greene. Sean catches Keith up on the play of new additions like Ehrhoff and Lucic, they debate what line truly is Number One, and go through young prospects like Weal and Mersch that have impressed in the preseason.

And what podcast would be incomplete without playing some end-of-summer Armchair GM (Kopitar Kontract? Opening Day Roster? Waiver wire and trades?)

Episode 38: Dark Days of Summer

End of June, end of July (end of August!?)–what’s the difference for the 2015 Los Angeles Kings?

It has been a busy offseason, but for all the wrong reasons for armchair GMs like yours truly. Sean and Keith do an admirable job recapping the ugly, the bad, and the occasional good. Tune in for a rapid-fire rundown of: the Jones-Lucic trade, the Williams departure, the Sekera contract, the 2015 Draft, the Voynov cesspool, the Richards scandal, the Stoll kerfuffle, the Ehrhoff signing, defensive pairings, the Toffoli re-signing, the Kopitar non-signing, and the apex: the addition of Jhonas Enroth.

 

Episode 37: The Reckoning

Yeesh. Is it over yet?

You know it’s a bad sign when it takes a full week to recover from the end of the season and record a podcast… and then it takes over a month to finally put that podcast online! All apologies, but that Game 81 loss kind of crushed our spirits for a while there.

In this triple-length episode, Keith and Sean take stock of the 2014-15 LA Kings season. Sean attempts to talk Keith down off the ledge as they discuss the significance of the Kings missing the playoffs (just after winning the Cup!), and what this means for the current legacy. They give the entire season a three-period breakdown–including a patented Keith “theory of brilliance.” They also look ahead, briefly cheering themselves up thinking about the draft (and fantasizing about landing the number 1 pick), before agonizing over what to do with Mike Richards and free agents in the off-season.

But for just a little while longer, we are still the Stanley Cup Champions!

Episode 36: Total Richards Recall

Long form, because this is several weeks of Kings chatter crammed into one episode!

Sean and Keith discuss the wild, wild West, the restoration of Mike Richards to the LA family, and the current New York road trip. Keith has a bone to pick with NHL standings, Sean crystal balls potential playoff matchups, and they digress into the GM proposal of revised overtime rules.

And what podcast wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of Nintendo Ice Hockey.

P.S. Congrats Scotty!

Episode 35: Sekera Era

Lots to review, so Sean and Keith jump right in!

They break down the trade for Andrej Sekera, evaluate the Clifford and Nolan contract extensions, and compare bottom-six Kings centers.

The first two periods are a classic blend of armchair GM, as they look ahead to GM Lombardi’s possible moves in the off-season and break down other key trades around the league. Sean and Keith then close with the current plight of LA, from their 8-game win streak to a 3-game skid.