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.
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)
Anaheim Ducks (“Because that’s what they do. Bounced in the first round”)
Calgary Flames (“Because they just might be for real. Or they come in last”)
Los Angeles Kings
Vancouver Canucks (“The last desperate gasp of the Sedin Twins”)
Edmonton Oilers (“McJesus gets a hundred points and their defense lets in 10,000 goals”)
PhoenixArizona Whatever Coyotes (“The worst team in the league?”)
San Jose Sharks (“Cuz screw those guys”)
Ducks (“Let them burn themselves out again winning useless Division banners”)
Flames (“I’d predict more of a regression if they didn’t make some decent upgrades”)
Sharks (“The new coach will keep them from being irrelevant but not good enough for the playoffs)
Oilers (“They can’t be any worse, will likely be way better, but still won’t place in the top half”)
Canucks (“Only Arizona is there to cushion their fall”)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too long the Kings were away on the road, and too long since we updated our podcast. Compounded by the fact that this episode didn’t get edited well after its recording, we are a bit behind.
But like an L.A. hockey team that has dug itself into a deep hole, Sean and Keith come roaring back. We discuss the highs of a home streak, the lows of a road trip, and the early aberrations of the conference standings. Keith can’t resist armchair GM, inquiring about the new contract of Jake Muzzin and the pending free agency of Jarret Stoll, and they discuss the enigma of the Blue Jackets and the Kings pattern of trading with them.