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 29: BONUS HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Happy holidays!

What better way to celebrate the 2014 holiday season than by taking a vacation! That’s right, the Kings of Kings have been on an extended break for about a month now, but we’ve returned to bring you a holiday special.

On December 16, Keith and Sean recorded a whole podcast while watching (nearly) the entirety of the Blues-Kings game. Sync up the game if you can and enjoy this as something like a Director’s Commentary track to the game, or simply consume it as several weeks worth of podcasts rolled into one.

Episode 19: Splitmode Squad

2014-15 portends big things… for this podcast. Sean, Keith AND Robin are all together to watch the Kings first preseason game of the new season, and record an in-person episode before, during, and after the game.

They discuss questions surrounding the Kings going into the season–Slava Voynov’s defensive partner, Mike Richard’s line, and potential new additions to the roster–whilst navigating traffic. They battle arena sounds to evaluate the young prospects. And they wrap up in spite of a variety of distractions to consider best-case and worst-case scenarios for the season ahead.

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 4

It’s Game 4 of Kings-Blackhawks, and if the past two rounds were any indication, we have no idea what to expect.

Fortunately, Keith and Sean are joined by Matt and Anthony to break down this game before, during, and after in the text thread below.

Today’s link: Woo hoo–completely new link: The Score! Not exactly sure what differentiates this site from others, but it appears to be sports content for mobile devices. Regardless, they have some good NHL coverage during the Stanley Cup playoffs, including Justin Cuthbert’s pieces like this one comparing 2013 to 2014.

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May 26

 

[Pre-game]

 

10:26am

 

Keith:

Who is your Kings Conn Smythe candidiate right now?

 

Matt:

Doughty or Kopitar

You?

 

Keith:

As long as Kopitar stays neutralized, I think Doughty. Been pretty consistent on both ends

 

Sean:

My prediction is Kopi. Cuz he’s gonna blow the Cup Final wide open.

[photo of Randy’s Donuts sign covered as giant Kings hockey puck]

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Keith:

Love it.

Is there really a game tonight? I feel like I need a few more days to absorb that last victory.

 

Sean:

Park and ride.

 

Keith:

Predicted score

 

Matt:

2-0

 

Sean:

3-1

 

Keith:

4-3 again, silent scorers come out blazing. Kopitar w game winner.

 

Sean:

For the record, I’m saying 3-1 Chicago. Kane with the empty netter to knot the series. We are going to 7!

 

Keith:

Ouch.

Do you think Chicago mixes its lines or personnel?

 

Sean:

I think Shaw goes up to the second line to give them more speed up the middle, Handzus gets bumped to the third line.

 

 

5:00pm

 

Keith:

Get a load of this guy: Sean is picking Blackhawks to beat Kings tonight

 

Anthony:

What a dick.

 

Sean:
I just want to take this to Game 7, where Justin Williams can score 7 goals.

 

Keith:

I would be pretty happy if we ended this in five.

 

Anthony:

Um, yeah. The sooner the better.

Especially if Chicago is the best team they’ll play.

 

Keith:

By far.

 

Anthony:

Yeah. Won’t be over until it’s over.

 

Sean:

I’m just saying the Hawks aren’t going down without a fight.

 

Anthony:

Chicago sympathizer. Blackhawks apologist.

 

Keith:

Tony. Who would you like to see Kings beat most in a finals: Chicago, New York, Boston, or the Habs of Montreal?

 

Anthony:

Uh, Boston

F___ Boston

I have generally positive feeling about the other cities, and don’t know the nuances of hockey enough to really comment on those specific franchises otherwise.

 

Sean:

Fine. Kings win 4-2.

Gaborik, Kopitar, Martinez, and Toffoli.

 

 

[game time]

 

6:35pm

 

Keith:
Gabitar!

 

Sean:
We love it!

 

 

6:46pm

 

Sean:
Wow.

 

Keith:

They’re all coming out now!

 

Sean:

Juggernaut mode.

Pearson is looking amazing.

What a period!!!!

 

Keith:

This is unbelievable

 

Sean:

Cautious optimism.

 

 

8:18pm

 

Sean:
Balls.

 

Keith:

4-3?

Sean they need your pep talk

 

Sean:

5-2

LOCK THIS S___ DOWN

 

 

8:58pm

 

Keith:

Done and done!

 

 

May 27

 

8:44pm

 

Anthony:

No f_____g faith, this guy.

Episode 11: Duck, Duck, Duck, Kings!

As the Roots sing: Duck down!

Continuing their August review of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sean and Keith recap Round 2, when the Kings vanquished the Anaheim Ducks to take the throne of California.

They discuss lowlights (Gibson!), highlights (GIB SON!!), and of course, Dustin “Playoff” Penner.

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 2

Was Game 1 of Kings-Blackhawks an aberration, or the beginning of the end of this magical run? We shall see as the Western Conference Final–the Kings’ third in three years–moves to its second game.

Sean, Keith, Matt, and Ryan all chime in on the Game 2 text thread below.

(Also, keep your eyes peeled–or eyes open?–for a podcast episode that should be released shortly)

Today’s link: The Hockey News, which I frankly don’t know much about besides its Canadian origins (though isn’t the title pretty self-explanatory?), has some pithy, smart articles in their blog section. I have particular fondness for this Ken Campbell piece because it addresses a bias in hockey I can get really worked up about.

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May 21

 

[pre-game]

 

5:15pm

 

Keith:

We watching boyos?

 

Sean:

You bet your ___.

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:41pm
Keith:

G__ _____t

 

 

7:13pm
Keith:

F___ yeah!

 

Matt:

Boo yeah!

 

Keith:

Come on

 

 

7:16pm

 

Matt:
Yes!!!!

Just scared my daughter.
Keith:

Boom!

Now as Sean would say…

Shut. It. Down!

 

Sean:

LOCK IT DOWN

 

Keith:

I was just praying for overtime. Now I need to retract those prayers

 

Matt:

Check you fools later. I just set up the DVR. It’s bath time!

 

Sean:

Get an extension cord and drag the TV into the bathroom!

 

Matt:

Haha great idea

 

 

7:28pm

 

Keith:

Wakey wakey Hawks.

 

Sean:

I got two words for you.

 

Keith:
What letter do they start with?

 

Sean:
If memory serves, T. They both start with T.

 

Keith:
How about “That 70s line”?

 

Sean:
I love it.

 

Keith:
Just love it?

 

Sean:
JMFC

 

Keith:

You know what this game needs? A Dustin Brown empty netter.

Holy s___. And four minutes to do it.

Fine then. MFJC hat trick will do.

 

Sean:

What is our goals per 60 avg for the playoffs??

 

Keith:
Highest. And getting higher.

I love how quiet that f_____g building is.

 

Sean:

After the end of the 1st, I never would have guessed we would score 6 unanswered goals. Not in a million years.

 

Keith:

Incredible.

I think Chicago forgot how it feels to lose at home.

And lose bad.
Sean:

Yeah. This is pretty brutal for them.

 

Keith:
Boo hoo.

Quite a blemish on that home ice record now for Blackhawks.

My mood about these playoffs completely shifted after that third goal.

 

Sean:

You’re telling me. I was totally pouting and glowering at Robin when she kept saying we could come back and win after the 2nd period.

 

Keith:

Robin I love you.

Is the manuscript of our playoff texts published yet?

 

Sean:

Not until Dustin Brown raises the cup at Staples Center ice again.

 

Keith:
What a roller coaster.

How does this game end in the same score as last game seven? Felt totally different.

 

Sean:

It was almost the total reverse of that game, in terms of the timing of our momentum and domination.

 

Keith:

You’re right.

So I think Jeff Carter is back. I believe his hat trick suddenly makes him second in playoff goals. But now this is the second game in a row Kopitar’s line was scoreless.

 

Sean:
But both Kopi and Gabby had assists, I think. But I get your point. But if the Hawks are focusing so much on the top line, then that gives Carter’s line room to play.

 

Keith:
True. Especially if our top lines cancel each other out. Then it becomes a question if we can keep Kane and their second line off the scoreboard.

So who looks meaner behind the bench: Quenville or McLellan?

 

Sean:

Quenville. When that guy loses his s___ it’s pretty scary.

 

Keith:

And or hilarious.

 

Sean:

I like it most when he wildly gesticulates.

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:30pm

 

Matt:

Hell yeah!!!!!

 

Keith:

You’re back. All caught up?

 

Matt:

Carter-Toffoli-Pearson line gets me hard.

Big time

 

Keith:

And Richards-Williams-King had a sneaky good game

 

Matt:

Feeling pretty good. Wish we didn’t have to wait so long for Game 3.

 

Keith:

Seriously. Is it Saturday yet?

 

 

8:58pm

 

Ryan:

How about that f_____g third period, huh? Not that I watched it, since today was my daughters 3rd birthday. And I was all ready to say: GAME 3. SATURDAY NOON. NBC AT SOME BAR. But now my sister and her husband are coming to visit for the weekend, so I’m gonna have to miss out on games 3 and 4. BUT WE WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN, KEITH. We will make this happen. Game 5 is a week from today. I may have to work for the first half, but we gotta find a way. Hopefully we close it out in 5, but assuming we need game 6, that’s next Friday, which is a hell or high water kind of date for you and me.