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.
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.
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.
PART ONE: Special guest–longtime listener, first-time podcaster–Matt joins Keith for a unique, on-the-road episode as they head to the the Stadium Series game between the Sharks and Kings. Matt puts on his legal expert hat to answer any and every question one might have about the Slava Voynov case, and Keith prompts Matt to muse on Stanley Cup playoffs past and future.
What happens after a several week hiatus, when a pitiful L.A. losing slump shifts gears into a sustained winning streak? Keith and Sean go longform!
Enjoy the last episode before the big Stadium Series game, which they preview, as Sean and Keith assess the Kings’ play from front to back, play armchair GM, and do some of their patented three-period analysis (among other witty banter).
Keith and Sean reconnect in the midst of the Kings’ winter doldrums to talk about the big story of the week.
They dance around the obvious with discussions of analytics and the Sutters at the All Star Game before delving into the stunning news that Mike Richards, a favorite King of Sean’s, has cleared waivers. What does it all mean?!