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.

Episode 34 3/3: Postgame Stadium Series with Sean + Robin & Matt

Super Three-Part Episode!

PART THREE: Robin joins Sean and Keith celebrate the 1-0 Kings victory over the Sharks in the outdoor game the day after. They give their patented three-period game breakdown, compare the festivities of the two California Stadium Series games, and delve into the EPIX coverage.

Then Matt returns for an encore. They avoid any legal discussion this time to delve into the highlight of the night–the Melissa Etheridge performance. They chat a bit about the hockey that took place as well, and Matt provides a stunning prediction for the Kings moving forward.

Episode 22: Won and one and wan

Keith and Sean reflect on the first week of the young season, a few games removed from L.A.’s opening day ceremony, with the Kings sporting a 1-1-1 record. Keith can’t let the subject of the Sharks die, so the two dwell on the wreckage of rivals, before they leapfrog over the Coyotes to discuss the Jets game.

Using Sean’s patented Three Period game breakdown, they dissect how the game was won, constructive criticisms, and standout players from both squads. Tangents include favorite Kings, new favorite Kings, Lewis 2.0 and goaltending controversies.

Before the final horn sounds, Robin CHIMES in from her favorite spot too. Unlike the Kings, the trio are 3-0-0 in hilarity for this episode.

Episode 21: It begins with a hanging

Oof.

Sean and Keith get together to recap the good, the bad, and the very ugly from the opening night of the Kings 2014-15 season, in which Los Angeles raised their second Stanley Cup banner. They dissect highlights–a descending Stanley Cup–and a myriad of lowlights in their new three period format. And Robin drops in to provide her take on the evening… and a Pancakes update.

2014 Cup Run: Round 4, Game 1

Ahhh. Kings beat the Sharks, Ducks, and defending-champion Blackhawks.

Wait–there’s more? The Eastern Conference champion, some New York hockey Rangers? Do we really need to play this series?

Fine then. Let’s do this: Kings v. Rangers, Stanley Cup Final, Game 1.

The whole gang chimes in on all the action in the text thread below.

Today’s link: Because Anze Kopitar is awesome–leading the playoffs in points–and we somehow don’t seem to talk about him enough on this blog (are we unwittingly impersonating the East Coast biased NHL media?). Columnist Adrian Dater writes this article before the Cup Final began for Bleacher Report, “one really big sports media company” composed of local writers that was formed by four friends from high school.

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June 4

 

[Pre-game]

 

5:19pm

 

Keith:

Ahh! Pierre McGuire is between the glass! Can’t Pittsburgh hire him already?!

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:32pm

 

Keith:

Six minutes in. Scoreless. Too many Kings turnovers, but Quick looks on his game

 

Anthony:
Five min of uninterrupted play

 

Keith:

Rangers look good. Fast and throwing everything on net

 

 

5:43pm

 

Keith:

Kings kill PP, scoreless halfway through first.

 

 

5:47pm

 

Keith:

Following Ryan?

Rangers score on a breakaway.

 

Ryan:

Only a little bit. Hope to catch the last period after work.

But we all know what happens to teams who go up 2-1 against the Kings…

 

 

5:49pm

 

Anthony:

I feel like this game is too fast paced and it benefits them.

 

Keith:

That was the scouting report. Rangers have the edge in speed.

 

Anthony:

Man, it’s not good.

 

 

5:53pm

 

Keith:

Wow. Shorthanded Ranger goal.

Two zip

 

Anthony:

On another fast break

 

Keith:

F_____g nightmare.

 

Anthony:

They have to have a ton more shots on goal

 

 

5:57pm

 

Keith:

F___ yeah! The werewolf!

 

Anthony:

All right, ok….

 

Keith:

Two one after one

 

Sean:

Ouch. How many first period 2-0 leads are we going to have to come back from??

 

Anthony:

It’s more stress than I would care to handle.

 

Keith:

Clearly they don’t care for the easy road this year.

 

 

6:31pm

 

Keith:

Double D!

 

Anthony:

There we go!!!

Pretty f_____g goal.

 

Keith:

Das right. F___ you Lundqvist. Stay too deep in your net and get burned

 

Anthony:

Swedes…..

 

Keith:

Brown hurt, Kings PP

Tied. Six min left in two

Tied at intermission.

 

Anthony:

I feel like we should be up three goals rights now.

 

Keith:

Outshooting them 15-2 in third. Still tied.

 

 

7:50pm

 

Anthony:

Jesus f___

 

Keith:

I think my heart stopped.

Of course. Of course the Kardiac Kings go to OT

 

Anthony:

It’s been a bit much.

Four of the past five games have been OT right?

 

Keith:

Three.

Not game six.

But last five were decided by one goal.

 

 

8:12pm

 

Anthony:

YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH

1 down

 

Sean:

3 to go.

 

Anthony:

[thumbs up]

KinaLyziq

 

Keith:

Have any Williams gif for OT winner?

 

Sean:

I’ll find one for you.

 

Keith:

Suck it Lundqvist. Beauty doesn’t win cups

 

Anthony:

Nor does consonants in your last name

 

Sean:

[image of Sutter with sunglasses on]

sutter_hollywood

Sure it does.

 

 

[Post game]

 

8:13pm

 

Ryan:

Mr. Game 7???

MISTER GAME 1.

 

Keith:
Mister mister!

 

Sean:
F___ YES.

 

 

8:35pm

 

Matt:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Keith:

He’s back!

 

Anthony:

Matt returns

 

Matt:

My daughter has been crying for 75 minutes. Time to go tell her the good news.

 

Keith:

I think she is lamenting that you didn’t name her Williams

 

Matt:

Damn good call. I pushed for Wilhelmina but got nixed.

 

 

June 5

 

9:22am

 

Sean:

[gif of Williams’ OT goal]

b7ace6a12f8fbb3186f2bc3fd3928b4e

 

Matt:

Gawd!!!! I love it.

 

 

10:20 am

 

Keith:

“How bout this f_____g team, eh?”

 

Ryan:

Never give up. Never surrender.

 

Keith:

So do you go back to the regular lines?

 

Ryan:
Nah, the juggling was just from the slow start, so I think it’s back to what’s been working overall and adjusting as necessary.

 

Sean:

Do you put in Reghyr? Or stick with Greene?

 

Keith:

Yeah. Return to regular lines and stick w Greene. I think w rest we should play a solid three periods Saturday.

 

 

1:33pm

 

Keith:

Is it Saturday yet?

2014 Cup Run: Round 3, Game 5

Will the Kings repay the Blackhawks for last season, and dismiss them in just five games in the Western Conference Final? If this postseason is any indication, it’s clear the Kings don’t like taking the easy road, as we see in Game 5.

One of our longest text threads ever involves the whole gang! Keith, Sean, Matt, Anthony and Ryan all chime in at various points before, during, and after the tense game.

Today’s link: Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL.com created blog pages for each series, featuring a number of different writers offering various perspectives every day. Corey Masisak wrote many articles about the Kings during the playoffs, including this take on the pressure leading up to Game 5.

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May 28

 

[Pre-game]

 

11:59am

 

Sean:

I’m saying it now: 3-2 Kings in OT.

 

Anthony:

Well, now that you said that, it won’t go well!

 

12:41pm

 

Keith:

Goddamn I’m so pumped about this game. And incredibly nervous.

I don’t want to jinx us, but I have to predict a win. 2-1 Kings, old school.

 

Matt:

11-1

 

Anthony:

You guys are gonna f___ this up. Shut the f___ up.

 

Keith:

Are you predicting a Chicago victory, turncoat?

 

Sean:

Tony: Chicago apologist.

 

Anthony:

No, I’m saying stop f_____g calling the game before it happens.

Dipshits

Rule #1 of sports bad luck

And if anyone is a Chicago apologist, it’s clearly Keith

 

Sean:

In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck. – ObiWan Goddamn Kenobi

 

Keith:

How dare you!

 

Anthony:

You probably like Chicago pizza more than thin crust.

 

Keith:

New York sympathizer

 

Anthony:

I knew it

 

Sean:
F___ Chicago pizza.

 

Keith:

First of all. Chicago style isn’t really pizza. In a category of its own.

 

Anthony:

And you think the Bay Area has better burritos than LA. =D

 

Keith:

F___ burritos

 

Anthony:

F___ burritos! Listen to this kid

 

Keith:

All right Tony, enough of your negativity on this thread. Who is your favorite King?

 

Anthony:

Sean and I are going to have Kings parties where we gorge on LA Mexican goodness.

Last time I checked, I still live in the city that is home to the Lakers, Kings, and Dodgers.

 

Matt:

Ouch.

 

Anthony:

Yup

 

Matt:

Kings 6, Hawks 2. Suck my fatty prediction Anthony.

 

Anthony:

If they lose, I’m blaming you

All time or current King?

 

Keith:

Current

 

Anthony:

Tyler Toffoli holds a special place in my heart.

I think I saw all of his first four goals this season in person

 

Keith:

Not bad.

Matt?

 

Anthony:

Matt’s is obviously Brown

Keith will scoff, but I am also partial to Kopi and Doughty.

 

Sean:

[gif of Doughty]

1434594_o

 

Anthony:

So good

 

Sean:

[gif of Kopitar roughhousing on bench]

KopiCarterLove

[gif of Brown]

tumblr_m6pjloQ8xI1qgfzzgo1_500

 

Anthony:

Kopi represents sunken eye pride

 

Sean:

Check out that sunken eye crew!

 

Keith:

Don’t forget Werewolf Kyle Clifford

[image of smiling Clifford]

xt.fss.l.nhl.com-p.3072.gif

 

Anthony:

That’s terrifying

 

Keith:

So are the Kings.

I just heard a commentator refer to them as Anton Chigur, methodically eliminating opponents.

 

Anthony:

Rad!

 

 

[Game time]

 

5:22pm

 

Keith:

Scheizer

 

Anthony:

I blame each of you

IF tonight ends up not being a success, you guys have to shut the f___ up before game 6…..

 

 

5:30pm

 

Keith:

Here we come…

Mitchell is leaving a lot to be desired this game

 

 

5:39pm

 

Sean:

Slovaks unite!

 

Anthony:

Boo yah

Haha, Slovaks

 

Keith:

Careful

 

Anthony:

“Ooh, I’m Keith, I’m gonna get all Slovak pride on your ___”

It’s funny to think of how many guys on the squad are NOT Canadian

Brown, Quick, Kopi, and ……

 

Keith:

Voynov Gaborik Martinez

Just because you run from your Spanish heritage Tony doesn’t mean I have to suppress my Slovak love.

And Kopitar is Slovenian

 

Anthony:

I don’t run, you f_____g racist

 

Sean:
Quick and Greene

 

Keith:

Ha ha

 

Anthony:

Trevor Lewis

“People think I’m kinda slooooooow … Eh?”

 

 

5:51pm

 

Keith:

Wow. So close

 

Sean:

If we keep getting chances like this…

 

Keith:

I agree Sean, I feel like two more periods of that effort would be great.

 

Anthony:

Uh, some effort would be really great right now. K. Thanks.

I would rather play NY than the Go Habs Go

Because humiliating New Yorkers is more fun

 

Keith:

Two more stellar Americans, I hate to admit: Kane and Saad

 

Sean:

I kinda love Patrick Kane. Which will make it only a little sad to watch him in the handshake line tonight.

 

Anthony:

Sympathizers

DEATH TO HAWKS AND FAT CHICAGO FANS

 

Keith:

We need to keep this game, and Kane, away from OT

 

Anthony:

This team does have some Swedes. Why don’t the Kings have any Swedes? Sup with that?

 

Keith:

They’re coming

And we’ve had our share in the past

 

Anthony:

Swedes coming up from the Busch league?

 

Sean:
Swedes are a kindly, peace loving people. We only care about public welfare and atheism.

 

Anthony:

Nice

I love Swedes

Andy Richter, THE SWEDISH GERMAN

Work on getting Swedes on the Kings next year, k?

 

Keith:

Did you see Crawford slam his stick at intermission? We’re in his head

 

Sean:
He’s a big baby.

 

Anthony:

Is he the star?

 

Keith:

You know the Rangers’ goalie is king of the Swedes

 

Anthony:

Sean is king of Swedes

 

Sean:
You bet your boots.

 

Anthony:

How much does Matt hate us right now

HOLY S___ THEY EVEN HAVE A FINN

 

Keith:

Pretty sure we’ve overwhelmed his phone

 

Anthony:

He’s never watching huckey again

 

 

6:17pm

 

Keith:

I love that we are hitting the s___ out of them.

It’s like we see red, and want to see it flow

 

Anthony:

Clearly, you are not Swedish

 

Sean:
Swedes see red and want to elect it.

 

Anthony:
Nice

 

 

6:22pm

 

Keith:
Dumb Muzzin

 

Anthony:

Only doing what you wanted him to do

He got twist of Kaned

Keith, who is the Ron Artest/MWP of the Kings? I always forget….

 

 

6:27pm

 

Keith:

Are you talking basketball? I’m too busy watching the Captain tie it up!

 

Anthony:

!!!!!!

Tell me, damn you

 

Keith:

MWP?

 

Anthony:

Don’t Keith me

Yeah, you said there was a King who’s the bruiser

 

Keith:

Our bruiser?

 

Anthony:
Yeah

You said it was someone you don’t really like

 

Keith:
Oh right!

 

Sean:
What’s MWP?

 

Anthony:

Traded to LA maybe a year or two ago

Metta World Peace

 

Keith:

We traded him mid season

So happy!

 

Anthony:

Who was it?

 

Sean:

Ah. Dan Carcillo.

 

Anthony:
Ahhh

 

Keith:

Car bomb

 

Sean:
F___ that guy.

Just got a ten game suspension for pushing a ref.

 

Keith:

Plays on NY

 

Anthony:
Oh, he’s on New York

All clear now

 

Keith:

Played

 

Anthony:

Yeah, f___ that guy

The Kings are a finesse team

 

Keith:

That hits the s___ out of you

 

Anthony:

Make his f_____g head bleed…..

 

 

6:31pm

 

Matt:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Anthony:
He returns!

Is he belatedly applauding the goal? Or is he applauding the out of date Swingers reference?

Awww s___!!!!!

 

Keith:

Here we go.

 

Anthony:

TOFFOLI

 

Matt:

Thought I was on time

 

Anthony:

Lick my ballsh, Chi town

You were. I was late

 

Keith:

Ryan just showed up. And a goal.

 

Matt:

Finally caught up. Now it’s bath time, see y’all later.

GKG

 

Sean:
Ryan brings the offense

 

Anthony:

“Keeeef…. Bave meeeee”

 

 

6:42pm

 

Keith:

Lock. It.

 

Sean:

Down

 

Keith:

[photo of Keith and Ryan watching game]

 

Sean:

F___ YES

 

 

7:08pm

 

Anthony:

God. F_____g. Dammit.

Gotta capitalize.

 

 

7:43pm

 

Sean:

I can’t f_____g handle this.

 

Anthony:

It’s too much!

So why do you guys fear this cat?

Educate me

 

Sean:
Patrick Kane has 3 series clinching OT goals. Not that this is a series clincher for them, but he is absolute money in overtime.

 

Keith:

Game five. Last year. Same place. Ended our season in OT

 

Anthony:

Gotcha.

Well, s___.

So what you’re telling me is that he really comes alive

Maybe even spreads it out from his forehead to the floor

This has to be exhausting

 

Keith:

Correct. I am exhausted

 

Anthony:

Do they do double OT?

 

Keith:

No. It ends in a tie and both teams go to the Finals

 

Anthony:

Thanks, a__hole

Hey, cool guy, I meant do they do a shoot out

 

Keith:

No pal. OT forever

 

 

[Post-game]

 

8:44 pm

 

Ryan:

If it’s gonna be anyone, I’m glad it was Zeus.

 

Keith:

Goddamnit. Saw it live.

 

Ryan:

What did you say about a Blackhawks push in the first five minutes?

 

 

8:47pm

 

Anthony:

Sorry boss. On to game 6.

 

 

8:51pm

 

Sean:
I gotta go walk this off.

 

Anthony:

Do I have to pick you up on the street? Will you be beating trees?

 

 

May 29

 

 

1:32pm

 

Keith:

Ok. So with a nights sleep and time to sit on this, last night wasn’t so bad right? Result sucked, but we have to still feel good about the game played right?

 

Sean:

For the most part. The most heartbreaking part is that Handzus was Robin’s favorite King when he was with us. So I blame her.

 

Keith:

Ouch.

He is Slovak…

 

Matt:

I blame Tony for not making a prediction

 

Anthony:

Don’t think that I’ve forgotten about how you cost us the game, Matt

 

Keith:

Ha ha ha

 

 

8:58pm

 

Keith:

Looks like I have to stay up here tomorrow. You planning on watching the game?

 

Ryan:

I’ve gotta work until 8pm, so I’m going to try to stay updated and come in late. I figure we do the same thing we did for the Anaheim series: plan on meeting up again in the next round.

 

 

9:10pm

 

Keith:

Thank god the east is settled and Montreal is eliminated. Now hockey media can finally wake up to the WCF and give Kings their due.