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.
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.
Friend of the podcast, Richard of Calgary, joins Keith to record an episode live from a fine dining establishment while the Kings play the Sharks on TV behind them.
Enjoy their midseason review of the Flames and Kings seasons, the state of the Pacific Division, and the ambience of a local watering hole. Edits galore as we cut around the loudspeaker of a trivia night; fortunately the Irish accent makes the interruptions bearable.
Kings are struggling to find consistency, they sit in the middle of the standings just barely in a playoff spot, trade rumors are swirling–feels like we’ve been here before. Thus Sean and Keith are not losing heart, though they are happy to play armchair GM and offer their solutions to improve the team. They also take a look around the league at this halfway point and take solace in the suffering of other teams, suggest their award front runners, and make some predictions.
It’s been too long–but isn’t that how it always feels?
Sean and Keith had the good fortune to watch a game in person, which the Kings had the poor fortune to lose to those brutal Blackhawks. Sean gives his patented game breakdown and they review the state of the NHL at the 25-game mark.
We break records in this episode, with a roundtable of more than a half dozen guests all IN PERSON to discuss the subject of women in hockey. And this was all before Olympian Hilary Knight skated with the Ducks.
Louise reports on her interest in playing ice hockey, Christine shares her enthusiasm for a number of hockey rinks opening in the Bronx, and Adi reveals his hockey heritage. Anna notes “I can honestly say this is the most I’ve ever thought about hockey in my whole life.”
The friends also discuss controversial topics like fighting, the first female player in the NHL, and fan bases.
A groundbreaking (or water-displacing?) episode with plenty of firsts: Sean and Keith chat in person, in a pool, with beverages, and a guest dog. They catch up on NHL news–unsigned RFAs, expansion rumors, rule changes–before getting into in-depth, division-by-division predictions for the 2014-15 season.
P.S. Our apologies to Sabres fans, but let’s face it: Buffalo is pretty forgettable these days.