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.

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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 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 31: The Value of C

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.

Episode 28: American Thanksgiving

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.

Episode 18: 2014-15 Preseason Preview

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.